Tackling Scotland's Alcohol Problem

Alcohol use disorders: harmful drinking and alcohol dependence Evidence Update – January 2013

31st January 2013

The new Evidence Update focuses on a summary of selected new evidence relevant to NICE clinical guideline 115 ‘Alcohol use disorders: diagnosis, assessment and management of harmful drinking and alcohol dependence’ (2011).

NTA release national alcohol treatment statistics 2011-2012

22nd January 2013

The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) have published national alcohol statistics for 2011 - 31 March 2012.

Chief Medical Officer Annual Report 2011 - Transforming Scotland's Health

7th January 2013

Chief Medical Officer Annual Report 2011 - Transforming Scotland's Health

Published late 2012, this report looks at key policy strategies to address health inequalities in Scotland. 

Key areas identified with the potential to reverse current trends include: early years work with children and families, reducing offending and re-offending, supporting drug and alcohol rehabilitation and increasing physical activity.

Health Inequalties in Scotland: Audit Scotland December 2012

13th December 2012

Health Inequalities in Scotland

The impact of alcohol and drug misuse remain significantly worse in the most deprived areas of Scotland.

Alcohol misuse ; Overall patterns

• Rates of alcohol-related hospital admissions have decreased in recent years. There was an 11 per
cent fall between 2006/07 and 2010/11.

• However, there has been a long-term (30-year) increase in alcohol-related problems with alcoholic
liver disease increasing fivefold, alcohol-related hospital admissions quadrupling and alcohol related
deaths trebling.

• There are higher levels of consumption and more significant health problems in Scotland
compared to England and Wales. Alcohol sales are around 20 per cent higher in Scotland than in
England while alcohol-related deaths are around twice as high.

Alcohol Misuse: l Extent of inequalities

• Problems are twice as high among men than among women. One in ten of all hospital discharges
for men was estimated to be attributable to alcohol compared to one in 20 for women. In 2011,
there were 432 female alcohol-related deaths compared to 815 male deaths - almost twice as many.

• Alcohol-related deaths and hospital discharges are around six to seven times higher in the most
deprived areas than in the least deprived areas. In 2010/11, the rate of alcohol-related discharges
was 214 per 100,000 in the least deprived areas compared to 1,621 per 100,000 in the most
deprived areas.

Alcohol Misuse: Change in inequalities

• Health inequalities related to alcohol misuse are relatively stable.

Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland's Alcohol Strategy 2nd Annual Report

3rd December 2012

NHS Health Scotland published the 2nd annual MESAS report today showing a slight reduction in alcohol consumption, with sales per adult dropping by 5% between 2009 and 2011. The report suggests that we still have a long way to go, with 49% of men and 38% of women still drinking beyond their daily recommended limits. You can find the full report here:


SHAAP joins European Alcohol and Health Forum

28th November 2012

SHAAP has joined the European Alcohol and Health Forum, making a wide ranging set of committments to work to reduce the harmful impact of alcohol use.

A full account of our commitment can be found in the publications section of this website.

NHSScotland Chief Executive's Annual Report 2011/12

26th November 2012
Whist overall premature mortality has fallen since 1991, the number of alcohol-related deaths has increased sharply during this time, more than doubling from 624 to 1,247 in 2011 (despite a 5 per cent decrease between the latest two years).

CMO annual report: Volume One, 2011 ‘On the state of the public’s health’

21st November 2012

CMO annual report: Volume One, 2011 ‘On the state of the public’s health’

The report shows a significant rise in cases of liver disease.

Drinking to get drunk: Influences of young adult drinking behaviours (Alcohol Concern UK and Balance North East November 2012

19th November 2012
A new report highlights drinking to get drunk’ as the defining feature of how their age group
relates to alcohol
. Those surveyed agree strongly that the price of alcohol, as well
as how alcohol is promoted, encourages this excessive consumption. Certainly, the
alcohol industry did not single-handedly create the ’British drinking style’ that is often
characterised, not always accurately, by the determination to drink large amounts in a short
space of time. But producers and retailers do have the capacity to influence consumer
behaviours, particularly in young people: a clear majority of those consulted believe that
both price and promotion strongly influence attitudes and behaviours towards alcohol.

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