FOI Request - Alcohol Misuse

Request 101000389255

I wish to make eight separate requests under the Freedom of Information Act. This will be information relating to the work of the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health.

If obtaining the information for request 8 is likely to exceed cost limits then I would be willing for the data to be provided for one or two of the years that I have specified.

1)      Does the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health have an estimate for the number of:
a)      Dependent drinkers within your local authority area?
b)      Hazardous drinkers within your local authority area?

2)      Does the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health have an estimate for the number of children in your local authority area in;
a)      Families with a dependent drinker(s)
b)      Families with a hazardous drinker(s)
3)      Can the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health provide me with the estimates referenced in request 1 and 2?

4)      Does the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health have in place a strategy of support for children of:

a)      Dependent drinkers
b)      Hazardous drinkers

5)      If so can I;

a)      Have a copy of the strategy referenced in request 4 and;
b)      Have an estimate of the budget provision made for this support

6)      Can the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health provide me with an estimate for the number of referrals in your area made for treatments for alcohol misuse in the last year for which data is available?

7)      Can the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health provide me with an estimate for the amount spent on treatments for alcohol misuse in the last year for which data is available?

8)      Can the Local Authority’s Director of Public Health provide me with an estimate for the amount your local authority area is forecast to spend on treatments for alcohol misuse in:

a)      2015/16
b)      2016/17
c)       2017/18

Response 19-11-2015

1)    a)  According to Scottish Government Information Services Division there were 81 Dependant drinkers in Moray admitted to hospital in 2013/14 (latest year complete data is available for). This information is readily available online and is therefore exempt under Section 25 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 but for ease of reference please find a link to the page here.

b)  Unable to provide - data unavailable.

2)     a)   Unable to provide 

b)   As above

3)   As above

4)     a)     Dependent drinkers MADP Strategy would cover all who have issues with misuse of alcohol . This information is readily available and is therefore exempt under Section 25 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 but for ease of reference please find a link to the page here

b)    As above

5)   a)    MADP Strategy is available on MADP Website, link as above
b)   The MADP allocates £100,000 per year for working with families with young children where there is drug or alcohol use. The MADP does not allocate alcohol only funding.  

6)   Unable to estimate number of referrals purely for alcohol, however 162 assessments were carried out for those who have an alcohol misuse issue.

7)   The MADP does allocate the budget based on alcohol or drug usage as the Moray services work with both alcohol and drugs; through a single point of contact. The budgets received from the Scottish Government and allocated via the MADP are set out below in question 8.

8)  a)      2015/16 Income from the Scottish Government allocated to the Moray Alcohol and Drug partnership: £626,775, plus carry forward from 2014/15 £209,406 which will be non-recurrent.
b)      2016/17 The MADP has not yet been advised about the budget from the Scottish Government.
c)       2017/18 The MADP has not yet been advised about the budget from the Scottish Government.

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