'More must be done to tackle alcohol abuse' - Sheehan
Sinn Féin health spokesperson Pat Sheehan has said more needs to be done to raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol.
The West Belfast MLA was speaking after new figures showed the highest ever level of alcohol-related deaths in the north.
Pat Sheehan said:
"The figures relating to alcohol-related deaths are frightening and show that greater awareness and education is needed around the dangers of alcohol and addiction.
“I would encourage people to keep track of what they are drinking and try to keep within the alcohol unit guidelines.
"Solutions need to be found to address the dangers of alcohol on people’s health.
"Sinn Féin support the introduction of minimum unit pricing which puts a minimum price per unit of alcohol on products and brands of low cost and high alcohol volume.
"This would target harmful and over- consumption of alcohol.
“There are a range of services in place that can help and support anyone who is worried they might have an issue with alcohol.”