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NHS: Scottish adults buy nearly a quarter more alcohol

22nd July 2010

A new NHS study has revealed that Scottish adults drink 100 more pints of alcohol per year than those in the rest of the UK.

The NHS Health Scotland report showed Scots buy 24 per cent more alcohol than adults elsewhere in the country.

Other calculations in the document suggested that Scots drink an average of two extra pints of beer, or two glasses of wine, every week.

The conclusions were drawn after researchers examined alcohol sales between 2005 and 2009, finding that Scots have a preference for drinking at home, allowing them to consume alcohol more cheaply.

Although the figures are likely to strengthen calls to increase alcohol prices at supermarkets in Scotland, Scottish Labour’s public health spokesman Richard Simpson said this is likely to aid large retailers rather than solve the alcohol misuse problem.

He stated: “We support the end of heavy discounting and irresponsible sales of alcohol as loss leaders, but minimum unit pricing is not the answer.”

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