In response to the release of the Alcohol-Specific Deaths, Northern Ireland report for 2021, Matt Lambert, CEO of the Portman Group – the alcohol social responsibility body and marketing regulator, said:

“Today’s figures show a continuation of the pandemic effect on alcohol-specific deaths among those who already drank higher levels of alcohol. Every life lost is a tragedy, and emphasises the need for targeted patient centred support for the small group of people who are drinking at the highest harm level.”