Back to work

I’m now back from hols and it was very relaxing, thank you. But now I’m back at work and I’m getting stuck straight in.

Today is the launch of this year’s main body of work for Health and Public Services Committee, of which I am Chairman. We are doing an in depth investigation into problem drinking amongst young people in London.

We are not trying to vilify people or become preachy, but we want to find out the scale of the issue, why young people drink to excess, where they drink and how much. We have set up a facebook group where you can share your experiences and pass on any ideas.

The launch has generated a fair bit of media interest so I’ve been interviewed by the BBC, for both London radio and TV, ITV, LBC, and Time FM. Zipping back and forth across London for the interviews and trying to be coherent when you get there isn’t as easy as it looks (or sounds, in the case of radio).

This is what we are asking:
1. Is alcohol misuse by young people a problem amongst your friends, within your family or in your community? Are you a young person who regularly drinks alcohol?
2. What impact does it have on your friends, family and local community?
3. Why do you think some young people misuse alcohol?
4. Where do young people drink?
5. How do young people get access to alcohol?
6. What can be done to encourage young Londoners to drink more sensibly?

4 responses to “Back to work

  1. This is a timely piece of work which could feed into the development of national policy. Meanwhile, if the committee is interested in seeing the effects of over consumption of alcohol, I suggest you visit Romford Town Centre on a Friday or Saturday night.

  2. This is a timely piece of work which could feed into the development of national policy. Meanwhile, if the committee is interested in seeing the effects of over consumption of alcohol, I suggest you visit Romford Town Centre on a Friday or Saturday night.

  3. Interested to see coverage of this in the press yesterday. I appreciate that the Assembly will take a wider view but it might be useful to scan the work of other scrutiny committees in local authorities around the country which have examined this issue. There are a number of exampes in the Centre for Public Scrutiny’s < HREF="http://www.cfps.org.uk/reviews/search_result.php?keyword=alcohol" REL="nofollow">library<>Also, a while ago, Alcohol Concern produced a < HREF="http://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/servlets/doc/968" REL="nofollow">toolkit<> for scrutiny of issues surrounding alcohol misuse.All the best with your investigations.

  4. Interested to see coverage of this in the press yesterday. I appreciate that the Assembly will take a wider view but it might be useful to scan the work of other scrutiny committees in local authorities around the country which have examined this issue. There are a number of exampes in the Centre for Public Scrutiny’s < HREF="http://www.cfps.org.uk/reviews/search_result.php?keyword=alcohol" REL="nofollow">library<>Also, a while ago, Alcohol Concern produced a < HREF="http://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/servlets/doc/968" REL="nofollow">toolkit<> for scrutiny of issues surrounding alcohol misuse.All the best with your investigations.

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