Reducing your alcohol intake

South Tyneside Council's Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy

'Getting the Measure Right' is South Tyneside's refreshed Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy.

The strategy has been developed as a result of extensive consultation with local people, stakeholders and partners including:

  • the Council
  • South Tyneside NHS Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Northumbria Police
  • South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust
  • Balance, the North East Alcohol office

This consultation centred on the question: What would South Tyneside look like if we drank less alcohol?

A question time panel was held which saw experts talk about the harms associated with alcohol misuse and how alcohol can impact on various people's lives.

Many local people are unknowingly drinking at levels that increase their risk to being involved in accidents, becoming victims or perpetrators of crime, experience family-break ups or develop long-term health conditions such as cancer or liver disease.

South Tyneside has high rates of alcohol-related illness and alcohol-attributable hospital admissions which means a significant cost to all of us. Alcohol is one of the biggest public health challenges of the century.

Aims of the strategy 

The ambitions of the strategy are to:

  • Promote an alcohol free pregnancy
  • Promote an alcohol free childhood
  • Create a culture where people drink less alcohol
  • Reduce availability of cheap alcohol
  • Promote the responsible sale of alcohol
  • Reduce the harms that alcohol currently causes in South Tyneside

Read the strategy


Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy