Drunkenness and my home city
Manchester is a proud city dating back to Roman times (79AD), and is the home of the 19th century industrial revolution. It is the place where scientists first split the atom and developed the first stored-programme computer. Manchester has two major universities, two famous football teams and is the most visited city in England outside London.
Manchester Town Hall, Image taken from manchestereveningnews.co.uk
It is with great regret and sadness that today I witness drunkenness in the city centre. Despite the best efforts of the Council, the streets are often dirty and smelly in the mornings from late night revellers. Sunday mornings are the worst.
Why do people drink too much?
Is it getting worse?
The City Council’s Manchester Alcohol Strategy 2012-2015 describes a worsening situation:
“Alcohol is more affordable and available than at any time in recent history, and while most people who drink do so without causing harm to themselves or others, there is a strong and growing evidence base for the harmful impact that alcohol misuse can have on individuals, families and communities in our city.
Levels of alcohol related health problems are increasing year on year, and particularly affect our most deprived communities and contribute to health inequalities in the city.
The problems related to alcohol misuse include physical and mental health issues, a range of social issues (complex families, homelessness, and domestic abuse), and can result in unemployment and loss of productivity in the workplace.”
So has much changed?
All these problems mirror those described by the Temperance Movement in the North of England in the late 18th early 19th Century.
Ironically, according to the 2012-2015 Strategy document “ . . . the population of abstainers in Manchester is higher than the regional average (20% in Manchester compared to 15% regionally)”
This is good news. It just seems that those who drink are drinking more.
Are women getting worse? Why do women get into such a state?
Women once led the Temperance movement and spoke out against the effects of alcohol on the family and the deprivation caused to themselves and their children.
It is still the case that drunkenness is harmful to individuals and families and makes our streets pretty unpleasant.
People need to change their behaviour! Alcohol should be less accessible!
Our streets should be free from the effects of the ‘night before’.
Stop drunkenness in my city!
Occupation: Retired Professor
Drinking habits: Occasionally (1 or 2 drinks, once or twice a week)