Alcohol Alcohol is a large part of life in Cornwall.
Alcohol has both a positive and a negative side to it. On the one hand, we enjoy relaxing and having a drink in the many well run licensed premises that are vital to tourism and our economy; on the other hand, alcohol can contribute to problems in communities and households, as well as having a damaging impact on our health.

In fact, nearly 30% of adults in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (CIoS) drink above recommended healthy levels, which is higher than the national average. Additionally, adults in CIoS are more likely to binge drink compared to nationally and our alcohol related hospital admissions are also higher.

Cornwall Alcohol Strategy

For this reason, Cornwall has an Alcohol Strategy.  This is intended to enable people to enjoy the benefit of alcohol, while reducing the harm it can cause. The strategy is based on a thorough look at the evidence each year in the ‘Cornwall Alcohol Needs Assessment’ which you can view below.

CIoS Alcohol Needs Assessment 2022

For support and treatment for alcohol contact With You in Cornwall

With You support adults and young people to make positive behavioural changes. Whether that’s with alcohol, drugs, or mental health and wellbeing, they are there to help people improve their lives in ways they never thought possible.

Telephone 0333 2000 325 (available 24 hours)


YZUP (young people): 01872 300816

Cornwall Alcohol Strategy

On the basis of our strategy, we have set out to achieve these 3 objectives:

  • To enable people to make informed choices about alcohol
  • To increase services to reduce the harm caused by alcohol
  • To create partnerships to reduce alcohol’s impact on the community