Alcohol misuse ‘biggest health problem in Northern Ireland’

Alcohol misuse is the “greatest healthcare problem facing Northern Ireland”, a coroner has said.

Figures obtained by BBC News NI show the number of alcohol-related deaths in Northern Ireland is the highest on record.

Between 2001 and 2016, more than 3,500 deaths in Northern Ireland were attributed to alcohol.

Coroner Joe McCrisken said: “We have an enormous problem with alcohol use, misuse and abuse in Northern Ireland.”

“The figures are frightening because they show that the number of alcohol-related deaths is increasing, so it’s important to raise awareness about the dangers,” he added.

Dealing with alcohol-related illnesses costs the health service about £250m a year, said Dr George O’Neill, the chairman of Addiction NI.

He added that 12,000 people were admitted to hospital each year with alcohol-related problems in Northern Ireland, where 170,000 people drank hazardously and 47,000 drank harmfully.

https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/uk-northern-ireland-45164549

 

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