Response to the the ONS report on alcohol-specific deaths

Matt Lambert, CEO of the Portman Group – the alcohol social responsibility body and marketing regulator said:

“The ONS figures for 2020 are tragic, and the reasons for this increase in deaths are complex. It may be that the pressures on people and services caused by the pandemic have exacerbated problems for those needing help. It is highly welcome that the Government has committed to a sizable increase in funding that will support treatment for those drinking alcohol to harmful levels.”