‘Pour’ decisions: Most drink-drivers caught on NYD every year

New Year’s Eve is one of the most celebrated days of the calendar, with most of us preparing to say ‘cheers’ to the new decade at midnight.

But new data from reveals more drink-drivers have been caught on New Year’s Day, than on any other calendar date for the past six years. New Freedom of Information data obtained by shows at least 186 drivers were caught...

Call for Devon firms to support employees over 50 with alcohol choices

Drink Wise, Age Well Devon is calling on the county’s businesses to make sure they are supporting their older employees with alcohol choices.

Over the past 30 years, the employment rate for people aged 50-64 has grown from 55.4% to 70.7%, and the number of over 65s in work has also doubled from 4.9% to 10.7%.

Drink Wise, Age Well is sending out an Employer’s Toolkit to offer...

Ditch the drink for Cancer Research UK

Men and women across the South West are being challenged to ban the booze in January to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Dryathlon is Cancer Research UK’s popular fundraising campaign that invites social drinkers to take a month-long break from alcohol.

‘Dryathletes’ pledge to ditch the drink for a month and either get sponsored or donate the money they would have spent on...

Will you know when to stop this Christmas?

The Christmas party season is almost upon us and police are encouraging anyone attending festivities to stay in control and know their limits when it comes to alcohol.

Work parties, festive drinks and family celebrations are all part of the Christmas fun but sadly alcohol-related incidents such as domestic abuse, assault, criminal damage, rape and antisocial behaviour increase during...

Drinkaware Club Hosts pilot launches in Plymouth

Alcohol education charity Drinkaware has launched a pilot initiative in two Plymouth venues aimed at helping to keep young people safe on their night out.

The charity has joined forces with Devon and Cornwall Police, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Tony Hogg and Safer Plymouth to launch a six month pilot of Drinkaware Club Hosts at Popworld nightclub and University of Plymouth...

One in three of us drinking too much

A new study released yesterday (16 November) reveals that one in three adults in the South West are drinking too much alcohol, consuming it at levels that pose an increasing or higher risk of damaging their health.

But 83% of those drinking above the Government’s recommended guidelines underestimate their drinking, seeing themselves as ‘moderate’ or ‘light’ drinkers and 69% are not...

Alcohol treatment programmes cutting reoffending

Offenders enrolled in alcohol treatment programmes as part of their sentence are significantly less likely to be charged or reconvicted in the 12 months following their programme, a study led by Plymouth University has shown.

Researchers from the University’s School of Psychology led a project, supported by the European Social Fund, which saw males with alcohol problems related to...

Devon's Crime Commissioner takes national lead to reduce alcohol misuse

Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg is taking a national lead in the battle to cut alcohol related crime and harm, which is estimated to cost the country £11 billion annually.

Mr Hogg will chair a national PCC group which has a clear vision to reduce alcohol misuse and the associated huge cost for policing and health. It will focus on changing attitudes,...

Alcohol Harm: Reducing the Strength in Plymouth

A new project is being launched this week to help reduce alcohol related harm in Plymouth.

Reducing The Strength is a new scheme which aims to encourage retailers to stop selling very cheap, high percentage lagers, beers and ciders, in their shops, which should contribute towards reducing alcohol related crime and health costs in the city.

A launch event for Reducing the...

Round two of PCC’s small grants scheme targets alcohol

Projects which target reductions in alcohol related crime and harmful drinking will be the focus in round two of Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg’s small grants scheme.

Last week Mr Hogg welcomed many of the 25 groups which received a total of £90,000 from round one of the scheme to hear how their projects were developing and to allow each to explore the possibility of joint...