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Alcohol: data introduction

The alcohol data section provides information on various aspects of alcohol use and misuse and is split into four parts:

  • Availability, affordability and consumption - including licensing information and survey results regarding alcohol sales and consumption:
  • Social harm as a result of excessive alcohol consumption - main topics include alcohol-related road traffic offences and accidents, and other alcohol-related offending:
  • Health harm - this includes information on hospital stays and deaths resulting from excessive alcohol use and primary care consultations relating to alcohol misuse:
  • Treatment - this includes information on access to services and delivery of initial (brief) interventions (ABIs) where higher than recommended alcohol consumption is suspected.

Where information is available at sufficient geographic detail, data items are included as indicators in the ScotPHO Alcohol Profile.   

Table 1: Alcohol data for Scotland available within the data pages and Alcohol Profiles.

  Data presented?
(Y=yes; N=no)
Data dimensions/geographies Adults Children
By gender Y Y
By age group Y Y
By deprivation group N N
By NHS board area Y Y
By local authority area N N
By Alcohol & Drugs Partnership (ADP) area  Y N
By community health partnership (CHP) area N N
Time trend Y Y
National target Y N
Comparison with UK/GB N N
International comparison N N

Please note: If you require the most up-to-date data available, please check the data sources directly as new data may have been published since these data pages were last updated. Although we endeavour to ensure that the data pages are kept up-to-date, there may be a time lag between new data being published and the relevant ScotPHO web pages being updated.

Page last updated: 15 September 2017

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