Editor's viewpoint: Better support must be offered to beat alcoholism
The stereotypical image of an alcoholic is a middle-aged man clutching a bottle of cheap booze which he drinks in a shop doorway or back alley. But as the story of Sophie Ewings shows, addiction can strike anyone and it can be a relentless enemy no matter what help is given.
A well-loved mother and wife, she could not beat her demons and ended up dead on the floor of her Belfast flat at the young age of 42.
No one can read the testimony of her daughter in this newspaper today and not share her frustration that somehow her mum could have been saved. Her call for more aftercare following rehabilitation is certainly one worth pursuing.
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