Pocket-money priced alcohol has huge cost for Wales

October 19, 2009 12:00 AM

Today's Alcohol Concern report shows that 90,800 people will die avoidable deaths from alcohol-related causes by 2019.

According to figures compiled by Jenny Willott, Welsh Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, this would mean that in Wales, there will be over 7,000 deaths from alcohol-related causes over the next decade.

Commenting, Jenny said:

"These disturbing figures underline just how costly alcohol priced at pocket-money rates really is for Wales.

"Wales already has a higher level of alcohol related deaths than the UK average. This report suggests that at the current rate, over 700 people in Wales will die of alcohol-related causes every year by 2019.

"By failing to invest in alcohol treatment services and refusing to stop alcohol being sold at pocket-money prices, the Government is helping to fuel a dangerous booze culture in parts of Wales.

"The Government must listen to its own experts and bring in a minimum price for alcohol; otherwise the death toll will continue to rise leaving the NHS to pick up the bill."

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