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Scots drink too much

18th January 2010

Research has shown that sales of alcoholic drinks to adults in Scotland is equal to an average consumption per person of 46 bottles of vodka a year.

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The figures came from an analysis of sales information by NHS Health Scotland. The data showed that sales from September 2008/09 averaged 12.2 litres of alcohol per adult.

The Scottish government stated that this amount was the same as drinking 537 pints of beer or 130 bottles of wine per year.

50.5 million litres of alcohol were bought in Scotland in 2009 - a sufficient amount to allow every adult drinker to go over the recommended weekly guidelines.

The data showed that adults in Scotland were drinking 25% more alcohol per person than people in England and Wales. Adults in England and Wales drank an average of 9.7 litres per head.

People in Scotland bought an average of 26.5 litres of alcohol per person - the same as drinking three bottles of wine or 11 pints of beer. In England an Wales, the average per adult was 21.8 litres.

Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: "All the evidence tells us that the big rise in Scottish alcohol consumption in recent decades is closely linked with the 70% drop in alcohol's relative cost."

"Currently there is nothing to stop supermarkets selling alcohol more cheaply than bottled water and that's why it's possible to exceed the weekly drinking guidelines for a man for less than £3.50."

 

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