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Alcohol ‘responsible for 5,500 Scottish GP consultations in one day’

5th May 2011

Alcohol was a factor in more than 5,500 GP consultations on a single day in Scotland last month, according to a new report by the British Medical Association (BMA).

Data from a survey conducted by the organisation, which was based on a sample of 31 practices taken on April 21st 2011, suggested that 1.4 million alcohol-related consultations are taking place each year.

This could be costing the NHS more than 28 million pounds, while also causing five deaths and playing a role in 450 cases of violent crime each day.

Dr Alan McDevitt, deputy chairman of the BMA's Scottish GP Committee, stated that drinking above the recommended alcohol limits is increasing patients' risk of high blood pressure and cancer.

He said: "That is why we are asking the parliamentary candidates to spend one day talking about how they are going to address this serious issue in the next Scottish Parliament."

Last month, Cancer Research UK published a study showing that alcohol consumption causes 13,000 cancer cases in Britain each year.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800520775-ADNFCR

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