Inquiry into alcohol and substance misuse

The National Assembly for Wales’ Health and Social Care Committee is undertook an inquiry into alcohol and substance misuse.


The terms of reference for this inquiry were to consider:

  • the impacts of alcohol and substance misuse on people in Wales, including young people and university students; older people; homeless people; and people in police custody or prisons;
  • the effectiveness of current Welsh Government policies on tackling alcohol and substance misuse and any further action that may be required;
  • the capacity and availability of local services across Wales to raise awareness and deal with the impact of the harms associated with alcohol and substance misuse.


More information about the inquiry


Watch the Chair, David Rees AM, talking about gathering evidence for the inquiry: Consultation: Alcohol and substance misuse video (YouTube).


Evidence from the Public

The Committee held a public consultation to gather evidence on this topic.

The Committee issued an anonymous survey and a questionnaire to gather evidence from professionals and members of the public. A summary of the responses has been published.

Engagement activity

Reference group discussions (PDF, 85KB), held on 21 January 2015 and 11 June 2015.

Additional information

The Committee wrote to the Deputy Minister for Health (PDF, 340KB) following the oral evidence session on 11 June 2015 seeking additional information. The Deputy Minister responded (PDF, 340KB) on 1 July 2015.

The Committee’s report

Read the Committee’s report: Alcohol and substance misuse report, August 2015 (PDF, 1.35MB).

Read a summary version of the report’s key findings: Alcohol and substance misuse – summary report.

The Welsh Government responded (PDF, 189 KB) in October 2015.

Help and support

If you or somebody you know has been affected by alcohol or substance misuse, or if you would like more information, you can contact DAN 24/7 for advice. DAN 24/7 is a free and confidential helpline for anyone in Wales wanting further information or help relating to drugs and or alcohol.


Freephone: 0808 808 2234

or text DAN to: 81066 

Business type: Committee Inquiry

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 10/11/2014