Belfast Telegraph

Rise in drink-related deaths linked to cheap booze

More people than ever before died of alcohol abuse in Northern Ireland last year.

There were 283 deaths and the toll has risen by around 50% over the last decade.

The largest number of deaths happened in the 45-54 age group, and the most deprived were most likely to die.

British Liver Trust spokeswoman Sarah Matthews said: “There is a clear correlation between the growing tide of health harm and cheap, easily available alcohol.”

Social Development Minister Alex Attwood said minimum pricing for alcohol in clubs and supermarkets should be introduced as soon as possible.

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