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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Barrow booze ID card vision is revealed

A BOOZE ID for Barrow residents which records alcohol purchases is among the suggestions in a special report into drinking.

Under the recommendations, everyone in Barrow would receive the personal alcohol ID card when they turn 18 and would need to produce it regardless of age.

A data trail would be kept of all booze bought, including where, when, what and how much.

Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group and Cumbria County Council commissioned the report: Our Life to Deliver: Talking Drink, Taking Action – The Barrow Alcohol Inquiry.

Dr Rebecca Wagstaff, acting director of public health at Cumbria County Council said: “Barrow’s issues are not dissimilar to other parts of Cumbria and the work that has been done in the town will enable learning to be shared across the county and beyond.”

Selected Ormsgill ward residents made the suggestions during the nine-week inquiry between May and July.

The county council’s senior public health improvement specialist, Su Sear said the 31 Ormsgill residents were chosen because they best represented the diversity in Barrow.

Participants also voted for police to have the power to set limits on how much alcohol people with criminal records can buy.

Barrow Borough Council deputy leader and chairman of Furness Health and Wellbeing Board, Councillor Brendan Sweeney said: “It’s really important that people realise that Barrow has a vibrant lively night- time economy.

“I was surprised to see when I went out a few months ago how empty it was. The town got busy much later on and since the pubs and clubs are struggling I would really like to see improvement to the social life of the town.

“I want to give people a better evening experience in Barrow.

“Alcohol is a big problem for some people but for other people it’s enjoyment and pleasure and doesn’t cause them harm.

“People being able to meet is important for the individual and the town. Some people get out later and later and there’s much less on earlier in the evening.

“(wine bar) Aspire is a very pleasant place to go. We need more places like that to get more people in town.

“The Health and Wellbeing Board is working with police, licensees and bar staff.”

Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock said: “No one wants to stop people enjoying a drink but this superb and sobering report highlights we have an alcohol problem that we must no longer ignore.

“Barrow has the highest rate of alcohol-related hospital admissions in Cumbria, demonstrating the need for real action. Misuse of alcohol is a major contributor to anti-social behaviour and domestic violence as well as entrenching ill health and poverty.

“It is clear from the recommendations that we need a real cross-cutting effort in Barrow, bringing together communities, the health service, schools, colleges, police and employers to improve awareness, education and treatment.”

Have your say

Furness Health and Wellbeing Board (a made up title if ever there was one), Councillor Brendan Sweeney said:
“People being able to meet is important for the individual and the town. Some people get out later and later and there’s much less on earlier in the evening. “(wine bar) Aspire is a very pleasant place to go. We need more places like that to get more people in town."
Hmmm, bit of flaw in your plan there mate!how do you propose to bring people into the town when won’t have those daft cards so they won’t get served!
I don’t believe I so much pay poll tax to keep stuipd people in stuipd jobs!

Posted by Mike on 2 January 2014 at 11:19

So I'm passing through Barrow, stop for a meal, and order a drink with it. What happens then?

Or I buy a round, do I have to turn up with a sheaf of ID cards and who checks who is drinking what?

Ridiculous (and oppressive) idea.

Posted by tim on 2 January 2014 at 09:40

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