Alcohol & Society
The SWA works to be a trusted voice in
the debate on alcohol and society.
Alcohol has an acknowledged place in our
society. As in most countries and cultures, it plays and important
Alcohol is alcohol. There is no
difference between spirits, wine and beer. They are all alcohol.
They are all capable of being enjoyed responsibly and of being
misused. There is no such thing as a problem drink. There are
The SWA does not have an issue if reducing the number of
hazardous and harmful drinkers cuts per capita consumption. But
cutting consumption of moderate drinkers without reducing harm
fails to address the problem of misuse.
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, along with other drinks industry
bodies, has produced a document to provide members and
stakeholders with a single point of reference on data covering
alcohol consumption, underage issues, health harms and crime in