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Annual Action Plan 2016

BACKGROUND

Galway City is the first City in Ireland to develop an alcohol strategy to prevent and reduce alcoholrelated harm.  This five-year strategy (2013-2017),  which is informed by research on effective approaches to tackling alcohol-related harm, takes a community action approach and focuses on the four key areas of:

A) Prevention
B) Supply, Access & Availability
C) Screening, Treatment & Support Services
D) Research, Monitoring & Evaluation

Community action on alcohol is based on the premise that changes in public policies  (regulation, enforcement, laws, systems change)  are necessary to prevent and reduce alcoholrelated problems, rather than focus just on individual change. According to evidence, community action on alcohol is best implemented in towns and cities, with at least a population of over 5,000 people, for any chance of success.

The strategy, which was prepared by the Galway Healthy Cities Alcohol Forum1 in partnership with a range of organisations and groups, was launched in February 2013. The Galway Healthy Cities Alcohol Forum, which includes representatives from HSE West, Western Region Drugs and Alcohol Task Force, Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board, An Garda Síochána, Galway City Council, Galway City Community Network and NUI Galway, is responsible for coordinating and driving the implementation of this strategy.

2015 Progress Report

As part of an annual progress update on the implementation of the strategy, a summary of actions completed in 2015 is outlined on the back page of this document. The focus of the third year of implementation was to continue to raise awareness of alcohol-related harm, build on our relationships and alliances, and move to more strategic and structural change. The Galway Healthy Cities Alcohol Forum would like to thank everyone involved for their effort and support in the work to date, and acknowledges that a community action approach to preventing and reducing alcohol-related harm requires everyone’s involvement.

Critical Success Factors

The potential to successfully reduce alcoholrelated harm in Galway City is dependent on the support of national policies to address issues such as alcohol pricing, marketing and availability. The Alcohol Forum welcomes and supports the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015 which proposes restrictions on cheap alcohol; warning labels and calorie details; new powers for Environmental Health Officers; and new restrictions on advertising, marketing and sponsorship. The Galway City Alcohol Forum urges that this Bill is implemented in full. The areas covered within the Bill are critical in preventing and reducing alcohol-related harm.

On a local level, collaboration and interagency working is critical to ensure actions and decisions made support the prevention and reduction of alcohol-related harm. With limited resources, collaboration is also important to ensure we optimise our resources and efforts for maximum effect.

¹ Galway Healthy Cities Alcohol Forum is a sub group of Galway Healthy Cities Forum, which is a multi-agency group involved in the leading out of the World Health Organizations Healthy Cities Project in Galway City www.galwayhealthycities.ie


A: Prevention

Aim: To communicate and engage with policy makers, stakeholders and the general public on how best to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm in Galway City

Goals

Priority Actions 2016*

Public Awareness  

1 Raise public awareness of the burden of alcohol-related harm to the people of Galway City

2 Raise public awareness of the benefits of effective action to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm

3 Raise public awareness on how to influence policy to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm

1a. We will develop a communication plan to raise awareness of alcohol-related harm

1b. We will communicate the impact of alcohol in relation to (a) cancer and (b) the developing brain

1c. We will communicate the impact of alcohol on the family

2a. We will promote and share information on what works to of effective action to prevent and prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm reduce alcohol-related harm

3a. We will examine how Galway City bye-laws could be used influence policy to prevent and reduce and strengthened to support the prevention and reduction alcohol-related harm

Policy Development  

4 Support organisations and workplaces, to develop policies

4a. We will deliver two policy workshops to facilitate and support community, voluntary and sporting organisations to develop alcohol policies

4b (i) We will integrate the work of the Galway Alcohol Strategy into existing and new plans within Galway City for example the Galway City Development Plan and the Galway Early Years Plan

(ii) We will support the development of the Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force Strategy

Protecting Children and Young People  

5 Protect children and young people from alcohol-related harm and alcohol promotion

5a. We will collate and share information on what works to protect children and young people from alcohol-related harm and alcohol promotion

Support Alcohol Free Activities  

6 Encourage activities in Galway City that are free from alcohol

6a. We will support and promote recreational options that are alcohol free

*Numbers and letters attached to priority actions for 2016 (e.g. 5a) refer and are connected with the priority strategic actions in the five-year strategy (2013 – 2017)

B: Supply, access and availability

Aim:To ensure that key factors influencing alcohol supply, such as price, availability and marketing, are regulated and controlled to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm in Galway City

Goals

Priority Actions 2016*

Alcohol Price  

7 Influence national policy in relation to alcohol pricing

7a. We will continue to advocate for the introduction and implementation of measures, including minimum pricing, in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015

Alcohol Availability  

8 Limit the availability of alcohol in Galway City

9 Promote and strengthen legislation and enforcement relating to the sale of alcohol

8a. (i) We will make a submission to Galway City Development Plan in relation to issues affecting access and availability of alcohol ( ii) We will update the map on the number, type and density of outlets selling alcohol in Galway City

8b. We will develop and promote healthy meetings guidelines

9a. We will communicate information on the process for granting and renewal of alcohol licenses

9b. We will support local alcohol vendors to comply with new alcohol regulations

Alcohol Marketing  

10 Reduce the exposure of children to alcohol marketing in public places

10c. We will examine national and local regulations in relation to alcohol marketing in public places

Enforcement of Legislation  

12 Continue to enforce legislation and bye-laws relating to alcohol

12a. We will support the enforcement of legislation in relation to sale and supply of alcohol

*Numbers and letters attached to priority actions for 2016 (e.g. 7a) refer and are connected with the priority strategic actions in the five-year strategy (2013 – 2017)

C: Screening, treatment and support service

Aim: To use information and research in decision making to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm in Galway City

Goals

Priority Actions 2016*

Screening, Support and Brief Advice  

13 Increase the availability of screening and brief advice

14 Promote and advocate for the development of treatment and support services to meet the needs of people affected by alcohol

13a&b We will provide five training days in Galway City on the SAOR model for the delivery of screening and brief intervention

14a. We will communicate information on alcohol treatment, support and rehabilitation options for people living in Galway City

14b. We will advocate for adequate level of services in Galway City to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm

14e. We will examine the alcohol treatment and care needs of people who are homeless and problematic drinkers

14g. We will support the implementation of the Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force Family Support Strategy

*Numbers and letters attached to priority actions for 2016 (e.g. 14a) refer and are connected with the priority strategic actiaons in the five-year strategy (2013 – 2017)

D: Research, monitoring & evaluation

Aim: To use information and research in decision making to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm in Galway City

Goals

Priority Actions 2016*

Research  

15 Increase knowledge of evidencebased practice in preventing and reducing alcohol-related harm
 

15a. Connected to 2a. We will promote and share information on what works to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm

15c. We will undertake research to assess the exposure of alcohol marketing on young people in Galway City

Monitoring and Evaluation  

16 Monitor and evaluate the progress and impact of this strategy
 

16a. (i) The Galway City Alcohol Forum will meet three times in 2016 to progress actions
(ii) We will organise a review of 2016 and planning for 2017 event

16b. We will carry out a review to assess the impact of the strategy to date

*Numbers and letters attached to priority actions for 2016 (e.g. 7a) refer and are connected with the priority strategic actions in the five-year strategy (2013 – 2017)