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New guide to public health and alcohol licensing in Wales
Public health practitioners in local health teams now have a new tool to support them to engage with and influence the alcohol licensing system in their area, to reduce alcohol related harm.
This new practical guide was written by and for public health professionals working on alcohol licensing within local public health teams. It brings together background information, key documents, case studies, learning and experience from across Wales.
Sue Wing, Principal Public Health Practitioner, said: "This piece of work was a great example of practitioners across the public health system in Wales working together to share and support good practice.
"Limiting the availability of alcohol is identified as one of the 'best buys' for preventing alcohol related harm.
"There is compelling evidence to suggest that regulating the density and opening times of outlets selling alcohol is an effective and cost effective approach to reducing alcohol consumption, harm and cost."
Local health boards in Wales are a named responsible authority on alcohol licensing and may make representations on licensing applications and contribute to the development of Statements of Licensing Policy and Cumulative Impact Policies.
The active involvement of the health sector is important to maximise the public health impact of licensing decisions.
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