Alcohol and substance misuse in Wales The National Assembly for wales's Health and Social Care Committee has been looking at the effects of alcohol and substance misuse across the country
The Committee also set up two reference groups with the help of New Link Wales. These groups were made up of service users and providers from all over Wales. Assembly Members met with these reference groups before and after they spoke to the organisations listed above.
Participants gave their views through the reference group, which helped the Committee make sure that they can take into account how alcohol and substance misuse affects real people in Wales on a daily basis.
“Alcohol and substance misuse can have devastating effects on individuals, their families and their communities.
“Our recommendations include calling for more leadership from the Welsh Government at a strategic level to help raise awareness of the harms associated with alcohol and misuse, and for the needs of particular groups including older people, homeless people and people on release from prison to be specifically addressed in the next Delivery Plan.
“We are also recommending that action is taken to improve training for GPs in order to remove some of the barriers to accessing services that we heard about during the inquiry.
“Looking ahead to the forthcoming Wales Bill, we are calling for assurances that the Bill will provide the Assembly with an appropriate set of powers to enable the Welsh Government to tackle the problem of alcohol and substance misuse in a more effective and holistic way.”
David Rees AM, Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee, National Assembly for Wales