Drink and Drugs News DDN 1805 - Page 4

News ALCOHOL TREATMENT AT CRISIS POINT, SAYS REPORT A CYCLE OF DISINVESTMENT coupled with reduced capacity and staffing levels means that the alcohol treatment sector in England is in crisis, according to a new report. The situation is putting ‘hundreds of thousands of people at risk’, says The hardest hit: addressing the crisis in alcohol treatment services, which is published by the charity formed from the merger of Alcohol Concern and Alcohol Research UK. Rapid re-tendering cycles, lack of political support, loss of qualified staff and funding cuts are having a severe impact, the document warns, with the end of ring-fenced public health funding in 2020 likely to worsen the situation further. It is estimated that there are almost 600,000 people in England who are alcohol-dependent and in need of specialist treatment. The report is based on the views of more than 150 respondents including service providers, GPs, nurses and others, who reported funding cuts of between 10 and 58 per ce