The Big Alcohol Conversation

Big Alcohol Conversation
Published date: 
Wednesday, 5th December 2018

£1.3 billion: the staggering annual cost of alcohol to Greater Manchester revealed as Mayor Andy Burnham invites residents to have their say on tackling the harm .

  • Alcohol harm reaching further into our communities than commonly recognised, with higher earners the most likely to drink beyond recommended limits 
  • Almost 1 in 3 Greater Manchester children live with an adult who binge drinks, contributing to anxiety, worry and stress 
  • Residents encouraged to join in The Big Alcohol Conversation and help identify new actions for reducing alcohol's impacts across the city region 

Harms associated with alcohol are costing Greater Manchester's public services £1.3 billion a year. Amounting to almost £500 for every resident, this is the annual amount we are paying through health, social care, crime and work costs because of the way we drink.

The Big Alcohol Conversation is running until the end of February 2019. People can get involved by visiting or using #GMbigalcoholconversation on social media.

Views gathered during the Big Alcohol Conversation will contribute to Greater Manchester’s ‘Ambition for Alcohol’, a high-level plan of action for tackling alcohol-related harm across the city region due to published during 2019.