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Tackling alcohol misuse in London

We are taking action to reduce alcohol harm in London.

The alcohol problem in London

An estimated 5% of Londoners are dependent drinkers, meaning they drink to an extent that is likely to be damaging to their health. This compares to 3.6% of people across England as a whole. As with other health problems there is a greater impact on those living in deprived areas.

How we are tackling alcohol misuse

Together with the Government Office for London we published a priority statement for regional action on alcohol in July 2008. It outlined key approaches to address the harm that alcohol causes to individuals, families and communities in London:

  • Reduce alcohol related harm to health through information campaigns and better access to treatment and support.
  • Reduce alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour, through improving the night time economy and tackling the links between drinking and offending.
  • Reduce the risk of harm to children and young people as a result of their own or others' drinking, through targeted youth support.


Alcohol consumption in the night-time economy (PDF opens in new window)

Regional Statement of Priorities for Alcohol (PDF opens in new window)

GLADA Highs and Lows briefing update (opens in new window)

Living Well in London: Health Inequalities Strategy (PDF opens in new window)