Public health messages are not working, Scotland’s chief
medical officer Dr Mac Armstrong warned following the release of
the Scottish executive’s latest Clinical Outcome Indicators
on alcohol intake.
The new statistics reveal that the 16 to 24 age group were most
likely to exceed recommended weekly levels of alcohol intake. Just
less than half of males and a quarter of females in that age range
were found to be consuming dangerous levels of alcohol on a regular
In the population as a whole, alcohol-related deaths in Scotland
have increased from one in 100 in 1990 to one in 40 in 1999. Around
10 per cent of hospital admissions are due to alcohol-related
problems and the total cost to the NHS in Scotland is around
£96m each year.