Newcastle Quaker Meeting House Wednesday 12th November  2008 12pm- 4pm

Binge drinking among young people and chronic illness in older people both present complex and expensive problems. In health terms it appears that damage from alcohol may soon overtake damage from smoking as the leading cause of ill health.

With Lionel Joyce OBE. Lionel Joyce is a service-user with a diagnosis of bipolar illness and a history of alcohol abuse. He was Chief Executive of Newcastle Mental Health Services during its many incarnations, which saw it became a national leader in community mental health teams, user involvement, home treatment, child and adolescent mental health services and old age psychiatry (the leading research centre in Europe). He founded the NHS Confederation Mental Health Committee and also the Urban Group of Mental Health Trusts and was influential in the creation of the National Institute of Mental Health. He is the Legal Services Commissioner for the North East and Yorkshire. Mr Joyce was previously Chair of Turning Point (a national social care charity) and Chair of Mental Health Providers (a national forum for volunteer and community sector providers of mental health services).

Sue Kenney Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service was heavily involved in the production of Newcastle’s first alcohol strategy: Safe Sensible and Social 2008-2018

Lee Le Clercq Regional Secretary British Beer & Pub Association

Mal McClean, joint commissioning manager for drugs and alcohol, Newcastle City Council

Chaired by Sally Young

Cost (includes lunch): Statutory and commercial organisations £60, Voluntary organisations £30, Socialist Health Association members £10 (includes members of affiliated organisations such as Unite and Unison who represent their union or pay their own way). Unfunded organisations and individuals please contact us.

Please use our booking form.

Safe. Sensible. Social – The Next Steps in the National Alcohol Strategy

A new programme starting on Fiver (digital channel) called Best Friend Rehab where people try and help their friends curb their self-destructive behaviour. It starts on 27th October at 10pm and the first episode is dedicated to a young girl who has a harmful drinking habit.

What do you think?

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