£90,000 to fight binge drinking

Binge and underage drinking set to be tackled in the district after Wakefield Council has secured £90,000 to deal with the problem.

The cash, from the government’s Department of Community and Local Government Alcohol Fund, is set to be used in a two year project.

The project, Positive Choices, will be piloted in Castleford and delivered by Wakefield Together - a partnership with the council, NHS, Police and Wakefield District Housing (WDH).

They will work with young people aged between 11 and 18 to help change how they perceive, experience and consume alcohol.

A report for next week’s council meeting by Coun Maureen Cummings, cabinet member for communities, said the project will be working to change behaviour and attitudes to alcohol in the long-term.

It aims to reduce the number of anti-social behaviour incidents, A&E admissions and ambulance call outs related to alcohol.

Coun Peter Box, council leader, said: “This funding is good news for the district. With the help of this money and through effective partnership working, we can make a real difference to the negative effects alcohol has on our communities.”

The report also said it would work to address the issue of people buying alcohol for people aged under 18 who are not legally allowed to drink alcohol.