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: