Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Sobering facts on drink culture

Why has there been little or no comment on the news that drink is costing the Northern Ireland economy a staggering £900m a year? That means that each family in the province shells out more than £1,500 a year subsidising our booze culture.

And what do we get for our largesse? About 6,000 attacks a year on hospital staff; increasing numbers of people with alcohol related diseases; and in 2007 it was estimated four in 10 of our hospital beds were occupied by drinkers and their victims. Hardly value for money, is it? Yet those few statistics are merely the tip of the iceberg, as a perusal of this newspaper any night will show.

It's time that we got a firm grip on this escalating problem.

JG

Belfast

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