A study report by NHS Health Scotland found out that Scottish adults drink 25 per cent per head of population than those in England and Wales. The reason behind this is stated as there was a 70 per cent drop in alcohol’s relative cost.
The research analysis was based on the industry data of sales of pure alcohol per person,which averaged 12.2 litres of pure alcohol per person over the age of 18.
The 50.5 million litres of pure alcohol sold in Scotland last year was enough for every adult drinker to exceed the weekly consumption guidelines for men every week of the year.
The new figures come as the Scottish Government pushes for a minimum price for alcohol to tackle the country’s drink-related problems. The figure remained virtually static since 2005 and is equivalent to more than 537 pints of beer or 130 bottles of wine.
The Scotland Police is spending an amount of £3.56billion a year to solve the problems related to drunkards. Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said it was now time for critics of the Scottish Government’s minimum pricing plans to “wake up” to the scale of the nation’s drink problem.