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Alcohol causes 45 deaths in D&G and Borders

2016 figures the National Records of Scotland were published this week Credit: PA

The 2016 figures for alcohol related deaths have been published by National Records of Scotland. The results show the number deaths last year to be 27 in Dumfries & Galloway, and 18 in the Borders.

This is an increase of at least one fatality in each region compared to 2015. Across Scotland as a whole last year, the number of alcohol related deaths rose by ten per cent from the previous year to 1,265 – the highest annual total since 2010.

It has sparked calls from BMA Scotland to raise national efforts to tackle the harms of alcohol misuse:

These latest figures showing a worrying increase in alcohol-related deaths last year make clear the scale of the damage caused by Scotland’s relationship with alcohol. It underlines why as a country we need to redouble our efforts to tackle the harms caused by alcohol misuse.”

– Dr Peter Bennie, Chair, BMA Scotland