Alcohol abuse is undoubtedly a huge social problem in the UK. It is responsible for many unnecessary attendances to the emergency department (ED) and is an enormous burden on the NHS which must treat the complications of alcohol abuse. The Royal College of Physicians advises a weekly alcohol limit of 21 units for men and 14 units for women [1].

The Scottish Health Survey 2017 found 16% of adults were drinking to hazardous proportions using the alcohol use disorder identification test (AUDIT) published by the World Health Organisation [2].

Since 2012 the number of alcohol-specific deaths in Scotland has been rising. In 2018, 1,136 alcohol-specific deaths were registered in Scotland [2].

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Alcohol related deaths are increasing in Scotland.

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Interesting statistics and equally worrying one, I ,certainly, believe that something need to be about it.
I believe one reason is that alcohol becoming increasingly cheap and widely available, was not so 10 or 15 years ago.

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