Concern over number of alcohol-related deaths in Wales

21 February 2017

More people in Wales die from alcohol related illnesses than anywhere else in the UK according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.

There were 463 alcohol related deaths in 2015.

And there are concerns many of the people who died didn’t get the help they needed.

Public Health Wales looked into these deaths and found that only 25 per cent of the people who died had reached out for support or treatment.

The director of Alcohol Concern Cymru, Andrew Misell says this is a common problem.

“There’s a lot of people coming in making a lot of demand on the public services as a result of their drinking.

“But that’s not transferring across to alcohol services and this is were we really need to build up the links more. Ultimately it does come down to being realistic and to being honest about our drinking.”

He also went on to say that drinking patterns are a concern.

Andrew Richards works in Cardiff Student bar Gassy Jack’s. He says he see’s different extremes of drinking.

“You’ve got Wednesday nights when there’s socials in and its heavy, heavy, heavy drinking.

“You see people throwing up everywhere, people can’t walk straight people have to be carried home by their friends.”

The statistics for 2016 won’t come out until next year, but Alcohol Concern Cymru say that more needs to be done to help now.

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