Report: Alcohol-dense areas use more city resources

A new report conducted by city of Madison staff confirms what common sense tells us — that areas with dense clusters of drinking establishments tax police and public health resources more than most, according to an article in The Capital Times.

City staff studied the extent to which health and public safety services are disproportionately utilized in such areas, and they noted that excessive alcohol consumption is associated with traffic accidents, alcohol poisoning, and assaults — requiring more of law enforcement, emergency medical services, and building safety inspection.

Among the city’s dense “alcohol clusters” are the Isthmus and areas in proximity to shopping centers on the east and west sides of Madison.

The report offered no recommendations, leaving the response to elected officials.