Trends in Alcohol - Scotland
12 Jun 2015
Patterns in alcohol consumption and harm across Scotland
continue to be of interest to anyone seeking to understand this and
target activity to reduce alcohol misuse where it occurs.
The Scotch Whisky Association, the Scottish Beer & Pub
Association, the Wine & Spirits Trade Association, the Portman
Group and the National Association of Cider Makers have produced
document to provide members and stakeholders with a single point of
reference on data covering alcohol consumption, underage issues,
health harms and crime in Scotland.
The consumption of alcohol, and particularly the impact of its
misuse, remains a key consideration in terms of public policy
making at both local and national levels. The diverse nature of
harms and patterns of consumption means public policy has the
ability to impact on a range of stakeholders beyond industry
including local authorities, health professionals, the emergency
services, community groups and the public.
To fulfil the demand for information and data about trends
in these areas there are a wide variety of data sources that cover
various different aspects of alcohol consumption and harms. With no
universal source of data available statistics are often quoted in
without considering the wider context in which they are set. It is
vital that the facts on the scale of the problem are presented
clearly and in the appropriate context to enable the debate to
focus on the issues that remain.
This document aims to provide a single point of reference by
pulling together the latest comparable data on alcohol consumption,
underage issues, health harms and crime from official Government
sources. While this does not include all available data and
data included has queries associated with it, this has been
highlighted as appropriate.
Where possible data used is from a base year of 2000 to
the most recent data available. If data collection started later
than 2000 or data is no longer collected, the most recent data
samples are labelled and included for information.
All data referenced is published by independent
organisations and is not financed or commissioned by the alcohol
industry. All data is correctly reproduced to best knowledge of all
associations. All data and narrative is intended to be used for
illustrative purposes only and for all other purposes the original
source should be used.
Comparisons to other nations
This document is primarily focussed on Scotland. However, where
appropriate, comparisons with Great Britain or England and Wales
have been provided. It should be noted that these do not
necessarily represent the full range of data available on those