Data map helps councils tackle problem drinking

Camden and Islington’s Councils’ shared public health team has developed a tool to assess alcohol-related health and crime data to tackle problem drinking in pubs, clubs and bars.

The two boroughs have more than 3,200 licensed premises.

The public health team uses the data to determine whether an objection should be made against applications for pubs and off-licences in areas of the boroughs where there are concerns about alcohol-related harm.

Commenting on the new data map that is being used to link public health priorities with licensing objectives for the first time, Cllr Janet Burgess, Islington Council’s executive member for health and wellbeing said:

“Tackling health inequality and improving residents’ wellbeing is a key priority for both  councils – so we are concerned by the rising rates of alcohol-related hospital admissions.

“Islington has a vibrant, busy nightlife but excessive alcohol consumption contributes to illness and affects the wider community. 

“We are working hard to protect residents from the excesses of the night-time economy and help people avoid health risks from excessive drinking.”

The digital map assesses levels of crime, ambulance call-outs and alcohol-specific hospital admissions, to help reduce the harm caused by excessive drinking.

Camden and Islington’s joint Public Health team is using the data, produced in partnership with colleagues in licensing, the Safer Islington Partnership and Camden Community Safety Partnership, to systematically assess alcohol licensing applications.

Public Health has already used the data to make representations on over 15 applications for alcohol licences.

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