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Alcoholic Drinks: Rehabilitation

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detoxification centres have been established in each police force area in England and Wales for those detained by the police in a drunk and disorderly condition in the last four years. (199324)

Four alcohol arrest referral pilots were established in October 2007 in Ealing, Cheshire, and the cities of Manchester and Liverpool. Under the pilots, those arrested for alcohol related offences, including drunk and disorderly behaviour in a public place, attend advice sessions about safer drinking with the aim of reducing offending and health harms. Those who are found to require treatment, including detoxification, may be referred to other locally available services.

The pilots will be extended to up to 10 new areas in 2008-09.