COUNCIL chiefs have delivered a scathing assessment of Burton’s drinking culture, insisting it is having a damaging effect on too many people’s lives.
Bosses are planning to get tough on alcohol misuse in Burton in an attempt to stop the problem from spiralling out of control.
Town hall bosses are in the final stages of forming a licensing partnership with other authorities across Staffordshire over what is becoming an increasing concern.
The plan has been drawn up in response to figures which revealed that nearly a third of people in Staffordshire engage in ‘chronic binge drinking’, while nearly 20 per cent are deemed to be at an ‘increasing risk due to drinking alcohol’.
Council chiefs in East Staffordshire said they are keen to tackle what is seen as a dependence on drink not only to improve health, but also to save money.
A report from East Staffordshire Borough Council’s licensing committee said: “People of all generations in Staffordshire are drinking too heavily and too frequently in risky or harmful ways, affecting their own, their family’s and their community’s well being.
“Tackling alcohol misuse has been an identified priority for strategic partners for some time. This is not only because treating its effects are so damaging and far-reaching, but also because treating and reacting to them is costly to the public purse.”
The council said the formation of the licensing partnership, to be known as the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Responsible Bodies Group, would allow authorities from across the county to ‘use their powers’ to tackle the problems caused by alcohol misuse.