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Experts gather in Birmingham to discuss alcohol-related harm in the night time economy

Experts gather in Birmingham to discuss alcohol-related harm in the night time economy

14 February 2019

More than 30 healthcare, policing and social care professionals gathered in Birmingham this week (Wednesday 13 February 2019) to discuss new approaches to managing alcohol-related harm in the night time economy.

Attendees at the event heard from two experts about research into Alcohol Intoxication Management Services, alternatively known as ‘drunk tanks’ where people who have had too much to drink can be assessed and cared for where appropriate, averting any unnecessary need to be taken to hospital. Where these services exist, they are run by a range of organisations such as charities and NHS bodies and are intended in part to relieve pressure on hospitals and A and E departments.

Robert Thomas of Emilia’s Place in Hereford and Andy Irving, who led the research into the effectiveness of AIMS, led a discussion around the potential benefits of establishing these services in local communities, as well as the practical challenges.

The event was the second in a series of four events that health and social care charity Change Grow Live is hosting across the UK as part of its commitment to exploring innovative new approaches to tackling substance misuse.

Free spaces are still available for the further two scheduled events in Manchester (6 March 2019) and Newcastle (15 March 2019). Anyone interested in attending can contact sarah.spencer@cgl.org.uk