Viewpoint: Health warning on easing alcohol laws in Northern Ireland


It’s always a risk when there is any change to licensing laws anywhere in the world given the negative impact alcohol can have on society. In Northern Ireland, the Auditor General’s report last year put the cost of drink related illnesses at a staggering £900m a year with 200 hospital beds occupied on any one day by those whose health has been impaired by drink.

hat does not take into account the violence on the streets which is often fuelled – not just – by alcohol or the domestic upheaval alcoholism can cause.

Yet it appears that sweeping changes to the legislation will complete their passage through the Assembly by the end of the month with most of the new provisions becoming law by October.



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