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McCusker alarmed at rising alcohol related deaths

SDLP Councillor Paul McCusker has said that new statistics released by NISRA that show an increase in alcohol related deaths is extremely alarming and requires immediate attention. Cllr McCusker added that more must be done to raise awareness of the negative impacts of alcohol, as well as heightening efforts to tackle the root causes that lead people to become dependent upon alcohol.

The Councillor for the Oldpark DEA commented:


“It is extremely worrying that alcohol related deaths have increased by 30% in the past decade in Northern Ireland, particularly in areas of high deprivation.


“More must be done to tackle the systemic reasons why people turn to alcohol, be it trauma, aspirational poverty, mental health issues and so on. It is unacceptable that in 2019, more and more people are dying from alcohol related deaths in a time when the risks of alcohol have never been so well evidenced.


“It is vital that addiction services are properly resourced and adequately sign posted to ensure those struggling with alcoholism can access the support services needed to help them overcome their addiction.”

Cllr Paul McCusker

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