Calls for Scottish regulation

03 October, 2008

Research shows higher alcohol-related death rates in Scotland

Scots are drinking far more than the English and Welsh

- and action needs to be taken to cut price promotions and restrict availability, according to doctors.

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems has dismissed earlier claims by the Portman Group - backed by surveys - that Scots are drinking less than people in the rest of Britain

and, says Nielsen data proves they are

drinking two litres more of pure alcohol per head per year.

In a statement, SHAAP said the data helped explain why, in Scotland, rates of chronic liver disease are double those of England and Wales; why men in Scotland are twice as likely to die an

alcohol-related death than men in England; and why women in Scotland have a higher alcohol-related death rate than men in England.

Chairman Dr Bruce Ritson said: "What these figures reinforce is the need to act now to reduce overall alcohol consumption in Scotland. The most effective

means of reducing the demand for alcohol are to regulate price and availability.

"Over the past few decades we have seen a progressive liberalisation of the alcohol market in the UK, with

alcohol

available in more places, for longer periods,

at more affordable prices.

In that time we have

seen a rise in consumption and

in alcohol-related damage."

SHAAP said it backed the Scottish

government's plans

to

curb alcohol misuse , includ ing

minimum pricing , a ban on promotions, separate checkouts for alcohol and a potential raising of the legal purchasing age for alcohol from 18 to 21.

Portman Group

chief executive

David Poley, said: " The most reliable

data is from the Office of National Statistics. Th is shows

Scots drink less than

the rest of Britain.

"We recognise that people may under-estimate how much they drink, but expect any under-estimation to be consistent over time and regions. SHAAP are implying that Scots are the biggest liars in Britain. Frankly, this

is patronising."

Litres of pure alcohol consumed per person (16+)

Scotland England and Wales

2005

2006

2007

2005

2006

2007

Total

11.9

11.8

11.8

10.1

10.0

9.9

Spirits

3.4

3.4

3.5

1.8

1.7

1.8

RTDs

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

Fortified wine

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.2

0.2

0.2

Cider 0.5

0.6

0.6

0.4

0.5

0.6

Perry

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

Light wines 2.8

2.9

3.0

2.8

2.8

2.8

Beers

4.6

4.5

4.4

4.7

4.6

4.4

Source: SHAAP/Nielsen




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