Speaking about the ONS report on alcohol-specific deaths, Matt Lambert, CEO of the Portman Group, the social responsibility and regulatory body for alcohol in the UK commented:

“The ONS figures are tragic and highlight the devastating impact the past year has had on those drinking at the most harmful rates. The reasons for this are complex and likely exacerbated by pandemic restrictions which may have cut off social and professional support or deterred people from seeking help in the first instance. We call for increased targeted support for those struggling with their relationship with alcohol to ensure that the effects of this year are not compounded in the future.”