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Alcohol features in 16 percent of Irish suicides

A link between heavy drinking and suicide particularly in the impromptu suicides of young men - has been highlighted at a national  conference in Cork, Ireland.

Dr Jane Marshall, consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital, London, said alcohol was implicated in one in six suicides in Ireland, but she believed the rate was much higher than this in reality.

The Irish born and trained consultant said misuse of alcohol and drugs was associated with an increased risk of suicide - the alcohol-dependent population in the UK was 7.3 times more likely to be depressed than the non-dependent population.

Dr Marshall said abstinence from alcohol and drugs was what health professionals must work towards with patients and she highlighted the importance of linking in with local alcohol and psychological support services.

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