Coroner's call for alcohol survey.
A NORTH Wales coroner is demanding the Government investigates the effect of alcohol on society to address the impact of drinking in this country.
North West Wales coroner Dewi Pritchard Jones said a study of post mortems indicated alcohol is a contributory factor in a large number of deaths due to natural and unnatural causes
He added the Government had to look at the wider alcohol issue rather than just concentrating on anti social drinking.
His comments will be discussed at a conference today organised by the North Wales Substance Misuse Forum, which is set to focus its attention on the problems associated with alcohol.
He said: "Although some such deaths are reported, government departments have shown no interest in the information that is available.
"Government often comments on the 'alcohol problem' but it is impossible to see how they can legislate or take any effective action without being able to see the full picture.
"Whereas government tends to concentrate interest on the effect of alcohol in the public order context it is considered that a full study on the effect of alcohol in society should be conducted."
Regional ambulance director Dafydd Jones-Morris said: "Binge drinking can have a negative knock-on effect on our emergency service.
"If we are called to deal with a patient who has overindulged, that's one resource less in the community to deal with a person facing a life-threatening emergency."
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Oct 8, 2008|
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