§ Mr. Biggs-Davison
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he will make a statement on alcoholism in Northern Ireland and Government action in that regard.
§ Mr. Moyle
Estimates of the prevalence of alcoholism in Northern Ireland vary considerably. In order to obtain more reliable information for planning purposes the Department of Health and Social Services in Northern Ireland has commissioned a research project into the nature and extent of alcoholism, the results of which are expected by the end of this year. In the meantime, services and facilities for the treatment of alcoholism are provided at each of the main psychiatric hospitals. In addition Shaftesbury Square Hospital, Belfast, is a separate unit staffed and equipped to give specialised treatment and advice.