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Prisons: Alcohol Problems

Volume 710: debated on Monday 11 May 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in ensuring that courses to deal with alcohol problems are available to prisoners in (a) HM Prison Gartree, and (b) HM Prison High Down. [HL3267]

A range of interventions are available in prisons to support those with an alcohol problem. These vary between prisons but can include:

clinical services—alcohol detoxification, available in all prisons that have implemented the clinical elements of the integrated drug treatment system (IDTS) including HMP High Down, with services to be introduced into HMP Gartree in 2009;

where alcohol is part of a wider substance misuse problem, the full range of drug interventions are available—available in both prisons;

a number of prisons run alcohol awareness courses;

an alcohol information pack and awareness video is available for all prisoners—available in both prisons;

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) run groups in around 67 per cent of prisons including HMP High down and HMP Gartree;

some offending behaviour programmes address the underlying factors which occur in alcohol-related crime including HMP Gartree; and

for those prisons involved in the rollout of the integrated drug treatment system (IDTS) including HMP Gartree, a 90-minute alcohol awareness session is available, this will be available in all prisons in 2009.