Fall in alcohol-related admissions

Monday 24th June 2019

The number of alcohol-related emergency hospital admissions has fallen by over 17% since 2007, according to new figures.

New analysis released this week by the Scottish Parliament’s information centre (SPICe) shows the number of alcohol-related general acute hospital admissions fell from 39,857 in 2007-08 to 32,997 in 2017-18.

The number of alcohol-related admissions to psychiatric units also dropped by almost half since 2009. 

Commenting, SNP MSP Emma Harper said:

Alcohol-related admissions to hospital are down significantly over the last decade thanks in part to record spending on support services - since 2008 the SNP has invested more than £746m to tackle problem alcohol and drug use.

Last year Scotland became the first country in world to introduce minimum unit pricing but the SNP has also banned irresponsible multi-buy promotions and cracked down on drink driving.”

Last week, figures published by NHS Health Scotland showed that one year after the introduction of minimum unit pricing alcohol sales had fallen to their lowest level in 25 years.

The average Scottish adult purchased just under ten litres of pure alcohol over 2018 – equivalent to 19 units a week – a 3% fall from the previous year and the lowest level since 1994.

“We’re moving in the right direction, but with 22 alcohol specific deaths in Scotland every week there is still far too many families affected by the devesting impact alcohol can have on people’s lives,” added Ms Harper.

“This SNP Government will keep working hard to tackle alcohol misuse in Scotland and with a range of progressive initiatives in place, we must ensure we make further progress.”