HUNDREDS of people have taken part in a major consultation asking residents if a minimum price per unit of alcohol should be introduced.
Hartlepool’s Alcohol Strategy Group, a multi-agency group set up to tackle alcohol misuse, is leading the consultation which involves residents completing a series of questions in relation to minimum pricing.
Officers will be handing out leaflets and encouraging shoppers to fill in questionnaires throughout this week at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.
Labour councillor Jonathan Brash, who is chairman of the alcohol strategy group, said: “I went down to the exhibition yesterday and already we have had hundreds of responses as part of this consultation. The problems caused by alcohol are felt in every community in Hartlepool so I am not surprised that people are so keen to take part and give us their views.
“Minimum pricing could, as part of a wider package of measures, make a huge difference in tackling crime, improving health and reducing the burden on our public services, while costing responsible drinkers just a few pennies. So please, if you want to have your say, take part in the consultation.”
The consultation will run until the end of August and survey forms have been sent out to parents via schools and there is also an on-line questionnaire.
Alcohol is being sold for as little as 12p per unit in Hartlepool, and other parts of the North East, especially in volume from supermarkets.
One unit is the equivalent of a measure of spirits, a glass of wine or half a pint of beer, lager or cider.
Balance, the North-East Alcohol Office, is supporting the consultation.
The questionnaire can also be filled in online by logging onto www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk and selecting the link at the bottom of this story.