‘Alcohol misuse one of the main threats to public health’ – Murphy

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Monday, November 19th, 2012
Newry and Armagh MP Conor Murphy has said that alcohol misuse is one of the main threats to public health. He was commenting on the forthcoming Alcohol Awareness Week which runs from the 19th to the 25th of November Murphy stated, “Research has shown that it costs up to £900 million per year in the north of Ireland and almost £250 million of these costs are borne by the health and social care sector. Alcohol claims the lives of more than 1,300 people each year across the island of Ireland.” “If we do not take robust action the costs both in human and monetary terms will continue to grow.” The theme for Alcohol Awareness Week is, “Its time to talk about drinking.” The Sinn Féin MP said that there was a need to have all kinds of conversations about the health risks, social problems and taboos associated with talking about the dangers of alcohol. “Alcohol Awareness Week runs from the 19th to the 25th of November. I hope that people will use the week to reflect on alcohol misuse and our attitudes in general to it.” Local events planned include Cuan Mhuire Addiction Support Centre on the Dublin Road are hosting an event which will discuss, “Our Drinking Culture isn’t romantic, it’s killing us.” This takes place in their new centre on the Dublin road on the 22nd of November at 8pm. All are welcome to attend. The Simon Community are hosting, “Alcohol –A Harm Reduction Approach (presentation and advice session) also on Thursday the 22nd of November in their Bridge street centre at 11am.
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