More than 950 Bodmin residents over the age of 16 are dependent on alcohol, according to a multi-agency organisation set up 12 months ago to reduce crime and disorder in the town.
Now, a campaign is under way pointing out the health risks of excessive drinking in an attempt to persuade them to drink sensibly.
The Safer Bodmin group has acknowledged its targets cannot be achieved by the police alone, and says improving its partnership working has helped to maximise the limited available resources to their best effect.
David Parker, a Cornwall Council community safety officer, said over the last year, the Safer Bodmin group has been successful in delivering a range of crime prevention and reduction measures.
The work of the group is continuing, and it will seek to ensure closer working relationships with the newly elected Bodmin Town Council over the coming months, he said.
“Throughout the summer the Cornwall-wide ‘What will your drink cost?’ campaign will be running in Bodmin.
“Eight per cent of people in Bodmin aged over 16 are estimated to be dependant drinkers.’’ said Mr Parker.
“ We aim to broaden the public’s understanding of the current cultural attitudes towards alcohol, and the negative effects that these attitudes produce, encouraging long term cultural change.
“ We are asking people to look at their own drinking habits, with regard to the risks that they are taking to their immediate health – people are more likely to be involved in an accident at home, a fire, or an incident on the roads if they have been drinking.
Mr Parker pointed out there were a wide range of long term health problems caused by excessive alcohol consumption, which was having a big impact on the health service.
“ In addition, alcohol fuels violent crime. We are not asking people to stop drinking, Cornwall is dependant upon the licensed trade for a large part of its economy.
“ However, if people choose to drink, we suggest that they drink sensibly. For men, consumption should not regularly exceed 3-4 units daily, or for women, 2 – 3 units.’’
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is a partner in Safer Bodmin, and is displaying the campaign message on appliance at Bodmin.
For more information on how to cut down alcohol consumption contact Addaction on 01579 340616.