Paris, September 2013 – The publication resulting from the SDS project on excessive consumption of alcohol by young people in public spaces, entitled Safer Drinking Scenes. Alcohol, City and Nightlife, has been released. It is available free of charge for Efus members in print or PDF format (€8 postage per copy for non-members).
This 100 page book coproduced by the French Forum for Urban Security (FFSU according to the French acronym) and the European Forum for Urban Security (Efus) includes practices implemented in 10 European cities that were partner in the project as well as contributions from three European experts: Marie-Line Tovar, of the French Observatory on Drugs and Addictions, Dr Laurent Karila, Expert on addiction at Paul Brousse Hospital, Paris, and Phil Hadfield, Researcher at the University of Leeds (United Kingdom). It also includes political and operational recommendations for local authorities who face the consequences of excessive alcohol consumption among youths, in particularly binge drinking, on public health and peace.
The Safer Drinking Scenes (SDS) project, which was co-financed by the European Commission, lasted two and a half years and concluded in June 2013 with a final conference in Nantes (France). It gathered the cities of Liege, Antwerp (Belgium); Stuttgart (Germany); Bordeaux, Brest, La Rochelle, Nantes (France); Kingston-upon-Thames (United Kingdom); Reggio-Emilia (Italy); Rotterdam (Netherlands), as well as the Belgian Forum for Urban Security.
Through regular work meetings, in particular with the experts, and field visits focused on the programmes implemented in the cities, the project partners addressed several questions: How to reconcile the different uses of the city at night, between those who want to party, those who want to work and those who want to sleep? How to manage and prevent health, personal and material impacts of binge drinking? To cope with excessive alcohol consumption, how can public spaces be made safer and how can we promote responsible drinking without sanitising the festivities?
The strategy chosen by the project partners, which is detailed in the recommendations of Safer Drinking Scenes. Alcohol, City and Nightlife, is to base prevention and intervention policies on the balance between health and public order, and to develop local partnerships with health and emergency services but also with young people and with bar and restaurant owners and managers.
Safer Drinking Scenes. Alcohol, City and Nightlife. 2013. Paris. French Forum for Urban Security and European Forum for Urban Security. 94 pages. Bilingual edition English/French.
An introduction to the publication is available in English and French.
English version below:
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