Deaths caused by alcohol have fallen
Deaths caused by alcohol have fallen significantly in Glasgow over the last decade, a sign the city is fighting back in its battle with booze.
Glasgow still has one of the highest levels of alcohol related deaths in Scotland, but the rate is falling faster than in the rest of the country.
A government report revealed Scots are still drinking more than others in the UK – and significant numbers are drinking to excess, causing harm to individuals and society.
But the report offered a glimmer of hope that habits could be changing.
Since 2000 the number of men for which the underlying cause of death was attributed to alcohol, has fallen by 25%.
The biggest drop took place in the last four years since 2006 when male drink deaths peaked at 247, going down to 155 in 2009 a fall of 37%. For women the fall over the decade was 43% from 74 to 42 deaths.
Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon welcomed the drop in the number of deaths and a corresponding fall in hospital admissions due to excessive drinking, but warned there was still a serious problem.
The figures in the Scottish Government’s report show Scots are drinking more than people in England, consuming an average of more than 11 litres of pure alcohol for every person over 16.
The trade is worth £3.6billion to brewers, distillers, pubs, off sales and supermarkets.
It still takes a toll on the NHS with almost 40,000 alcohol related discharges from hospitals, more than nine out of 10 from accident and emergency departments.
Ms Sturgeon said: “We welcome the reduction in alcohol-related deaths but there is still a great deal to be done to tackle Scotland’s unhealthy relationship with alcohol. The impact of excessive consumption is estimated to cost Scots £3.56bn each year.