The Department of Justice (DOJ) today published Research and Statistical Bulletin 19/2015 ‘Views on Alcohol and Drug Related Issues: Findings from the September 2014 Northern Ireland Omnibus Survey’. This is an Official Statistics Publication
The findings provide information to assist in measuring progress with two Northern Ireland Executive strategies: (i) Building Safer, Shared and Confident Communities – A Community Safety Strategy for Northern Ireland 2012-2017 and (ii) the New Strategic Direction for Alcohol and Drugs Phase 2 2011-16.
- Results from the September 2014 Northern Ireland Omnibus Survey found that 44% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the statement ‘I am concerned about alcohol related issues in my local area’. This compares to 40% of respondents who disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement.
- Almost two fifths of respondents (38%) agreed or strongly agreed with the statement ‘I am concerned about drug related issues in my local area’ compared with 41% who disagreed or strongly disagreed.
- The most cited reason given for those reporting concern about alcohol related issues in the local area was ‘underage drinking’ (58%), followed by ‘drink driving’ (11%). For drug related issues, 48% of the respondents stated ‘drug use/abuse’ was the primary drug related issue in the local area, followed by ‘drug dealing’ at 31%.
- Four fifths of respondents (80%) stated there was no change in the level of alcohol related issues in their local area in the last 12 months. A similar proportion of respondents (80%) stated there was no change in the level of drug related issues in their local area in the last 12 months.
- Of those respondents who reported having approached a body or representative in the last year, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) was the most likely organisation to be approached for both an alcohol (57%) and a drug (47%) related issue in their local area.
- Around one in ten respondents (10%) had heard of the Northern Ireland Assembly’s New Strategic Direction for Alcohol and Drugs Phase 2, 2011-16.
- Taking everything into account, 55% of respondents expressed some, a lot, or total confidence that enough is being done to tackle alcohol and/or drug related issues in Northern Ireland.
- Respondents expressed higher levels of confidence in the PSNI’s work to tackle alcohol and/or drug related issues across Northern Ireland than that of any other organisation, with 72% of respondents having either some, a lot or total confidence.
Notes to editors:
- In 2012, the Department of Justice published Building Safer, Shared and Confident Communities – A Community Safety Strategy for Northern Ireland 2012-2017, which sets out the vision of a safer, shared and cohesive Northern Ireland with less crime and anti-social behaviour and where people have confidence in the agencies that work on their behalf.
- The revised New Strategic Direction (NSD) on Alcohol and Drugs Phase 2 2011-2016, led by DHSSPS, aims to reduce the level of alcohol and drug related harm in Northern Ireland, and includes outcomes to improve community safety and address anti-social behaviour. The NSD highlights the importance of local delivery of services, programmes and initiatives to reduce alcohol and drug related harm.
- The bulletin refers to fieldwork undertaken in September 2014, which involved 1,081 people aged 16 years and over giving complete interviews. This represents an eligible response rate of 58%.
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