What are the actions taken by society to improve life chances?
There are many ways in which actions are taken by society to improve life chances such as; campaigning for people’s rights, laws, and legislation, raising awareness, initiatives, and strategies aimed at specific groups, i.e. AA meetings, needle exchange programmes. I have chosen the new legislation voted for by the Scottish government to introduce a minimum price for alcohol to help reduce the number of alcohol-related deaths. The health secretary said research had shown a minimum unit price of 50p would cut hospital admissions by 8254 and alcohol-related deaths by 392 within the first 5 years. This will also help to reduce the severe harm caused by alcohol misuse and the damage it can cause to individuals, their family’s and society. The new high price rise in strong, cheap alcohol will help to lessen Jackie’s alcohol intake as she will no longer be able to afford to drink as much as she used to which will be beneficial to her health. My second action taken by society is when Scotland reduced the legal drink driving limit from 80mg to 50mg to help cut the number of deaths and serious injuries on Scottish roads which it did there was a 20% reduction in fatal road accidents within a year. An awareness campaign warned ‘the best advice was none’ meaning no amount of alcohol was safe if they intended to drive. This will help Jackie as she is a lot less likely to have even one drink if she was out with the car as the chances are she could be over the limit and face jail if caught, this should deter Jackie from being wreckless and drink driving thus improving her and others life chances.