MIDLOTHIAN & EAST LOTHIAN DRUGS & ALCOHOL PARTNERSHIP

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MIDLOTHIAN & EAST LOTHIAN
DRUGS & ALCOHOL PARTNERSHIP

Alcohol enjoys enormous popularity and special significance in Scottish society. It is used for relaxation, socialisation and celebration. Alcohol also plays a significant part in the Scottish economy employing thousands of people in its production, distribution and sale as well as generating important export and tax revenue.

While there is not a single drinking culture in Scotland we are as a nation drinking too much with 50% of men and 30% of women regularly drinking over the sensible drinking guidelines.*

*Men: 3-4 units per day, but not every day *Women: 2-3 units per day, but not every day

It is clear that the misuse of alcohol contributes to a wide range of health problems.

In East Lothian and Midlothian in 2005-06 1461 males between the ages of 15 and 60 years of age were diagnosed with alcohol related illnesses. By 2006-07 the figure had risen to 1608.

In 2005-06 757 females between the ages of 15 and 60 years were diagnosed with alcohol related illnesses. By 2006-07 this figure had risen to 908.

In 2008 there was a total of 32 alcohol related deaths, 18 in East Lothian and 14 in Midlothian.

Scotland is 8th in the world league table of alcohol consumption with 11.8 litres of pure alcohol per person compared to 9.9 litres for England and Wales.

People will have their own ideas of what ‘binge drinking ‘ is. Many health surveys use the definition of more than 6 units on one occasion for women and more than 8 units for men.

In East Lothian and Midlothian 29% men consumed more than 21 units per week. The figures for women were 18% consumed more than 14 units per week. Both these figures were higher than the Scottish average.

It is estimated that alcohol misuse costs Scotland £2.5 billion every year.

So, are you drinking too much?-why not take the test.

Take the Test- www.downyourdrink.org.uk

Alcohol Related Documents

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