Saturday 24 September 2016

‘You don’t realise the dangers of alcohol until it comes knocking on your door’- Irish man on tragically losing twin brother in accident

Published 20/03/2016 | 15:39

Patrick Mungovan (20) lost his brother Stephen last year
Patrick Mungovan (20) lost his brother Stephen last year

An Irish man has urged people to consider the danger of excess drinking after he lost his twin brother in a tragic accident last year.

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Patrick Mungovan (20) from Quilty in Clare lost his brother Stephen after he fell from a cliff near Spanish Point in October 2015 after a night out with friends.

Stephen's body was recovered from the ocean three days later.

Patrick urged young Irish people to consider the dangers of alcohol after he has experienced the damage it can do to a family first-hand.

“I lost my twin brother last October and it’s important to me to share my experience with others because alcohol is so dangerous in the excess.

“Stephen’s death was a huge shock and it’s very hard without him. As twins you’re very close and his loss was devastating to me and my family,” he said.

Patrick (left) pictured with his late brother Stephen
Patrick (left) pictured with his late brother Stephen

Patrick opened up in an emotional Facebook post earlier which has been shared hundreds of times on social media.

“I’m happy that it has gotten as far as it has and that it's been shared so many times because it’s a message very close to my heart.

“There is no need to drink to excess. A few drinks is enough. It’s important to remember your night and be safe. Although I've been out for drinks since Stephen's death, I am always sensible because I want to remember my night and stay safe,” he told Independent.ie.

In a message posted to his Facebook page, Patrick said that Irish people need to question their relationship with alcohol, which he admitted was shameful.

Patrick pictured with his late brother Stephen when they were small
Patrick pictured with his late brother Stephen when they were small
Patrick pictured with his late brother Stephen on their fifth birthday

“You don't realise the dangers of alcohol until it comes knocking on your door.

“Alcohol destroys families. The sad truth is that when we go out drinking for a night, we end up drinking too much, so much to the point that we do not know what we are doing.

“This needs to change. Eighty-eight deaths per month in Ireland are alcohol-related. We all need to realise how dangerous alcohol is,” he wrote.

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