There’s still time to give your views in drink debate

There are just two weeks left for people to give their views on the way alcohol-related problems are dealt with in the future.

The East Sussex Drink Debate was launched by East Sussex Safer Communities Partnership in April and has already attracted hundreds of responses.

People are being asked how alcohol features in the lives of individuals, families and communities in the county and their feedback will be used by the East Sussex Drug and Alcohol Action Team in drafting the East Sussex Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy.

The strategy is planned for publication in the autumn and will set out the work needed to help people make more informed choices about drinking alcohol and the steps needed to tackle alcohol related problems in our neighbourhoods.

“We have been very pleased with the response so far, but are keen to get the views of as many people as possible,” said council leader Cllr Keith Glazier.

“Feedback from the debate will help us understand how best to address alcohol-related issues in the future.”

Anyone who lives or works in East Sussex is invited to join the debate, but particularly people under the age of 18, under the age of 25, parents of youngsters and those living in areas affected by alcohol-related problems.

To find out more and to take part in the East Sussex Drink Debate complete an online survey here.

The consultation ends on Friday, June 14 and there will be an opportunity for public comment on the draft strategy when it is published.

For more information about the East Sussex Drink Debate contact Anita McGrath in the Safer Communities Team, on 01323 464 088 or email

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Notes to editors

The East Sussex Safer Communities Partnership includes East Sussex County Council (including Public Health), Sussex Police, NHS, District and Borough councils and third sector partners. For the East Sussex Drink Debate, the Safer Communities Partnership has specifically worked with one of our third sector partners, Action for Change.