Alcohol harm

Backbench Business debate

ALWAYS INCLUDE

On 25 November, MPs Dan Carden and Derek Thomas led a debate on alcohol harm. The debate was nominated by the Backbench Business Committee.

To inform the debate, Dan Carden asked to hear about your experiences and ideas.

Thank you to everyone who responded to the survey. The deadline for submissions has now passed.

Watch the debate:

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Read the transcript on Hansard.

“My sincere thanks to all of you who have responded to this exercise and shared your experiences with me about this issue.
"Many of you have told very moving stories and I’m grateful that you took the time to share them in this way.
"Do check back on this page on 25 November where a link will be published for you to watch the debate."
Dan Carden MP

Introducing the debate, he gave the following statement:

"Alcohol harm impacts us all - in families, our communities, and throughout society. These harms are everywhere but discussing alcohol issues remains a taboo and therefore, the harms endured are often hidden.
"Alcohol is now the leading risk factor for ill health, early mortality and disability among those aged 15-49 In England (Alcohol statistics: England, House of Commons Library, 2021).
"Provisional data from the ONS shows that alcohol-specific deaths in 2020 were at their highest since records began in 2001. Furthermore, research from Public Health England points to an increase in alcohol consumption during the covid-19 pandemic. We can no longer avoid this issue.  
"The voices of people who have experienced alcohol harm must be heard. Be it the impact of alcohol use, access to treatment, stigma, family impact or positive experiences of sobriety, your written evidence will inform the upcoming debate on alcohol harm on 25 November."
Dan Carden MP

Thank you to everyone who responded to the survey. The deadline for submissions has now passed.

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How your contributions are shared

In these exercises, members of the public who have signed relevant petitions are invited to share their experiences and ideas.

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