Alcohol Consumption in Scotland

Information on Scottish adult drinking behaviour can be found in the Scottish Health Survey. In 2018 the average Scottish adult bought 19 units of alcohol per week, representing 13.5% more than the Chief Medical Officer's low-risk drinking guideline of 14 units per week for men and women (MESAS report, June 2019). However, this is the lowest level of alcohol sold per adult since 1994 and may be attributable to Minimum Unit Pricing introduced in May 2018. Men drink twice as much as women at hazardous or harmful levels (32 units per week, compared to 16).