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Old Feb 22nd 2009, 9:26 am
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Default 'Drinkers consumed almost 50 million litres of pure alcohol in 2007'

Scots rank high on drink levels

Adults over 16 drank the equivalent of 11.8 litres of pure alcohol

Scotland has the eighth-highest level of alcohol consumption in the world, according to statistics analysed for the Scottish Government.

Drinkers consumed almost 50 million litres of pure alcohol in 2007.

People aged over 16 sank the equivalent of 11.8 litres of pure alcohol per person. The figure for England and Wales was 9.9 litres.

Health Minister Shona Robison said the amounts consumed were linked to the availability of cheap alcohol.

Earlier this month, BBC Scotland learned alcohol-related cases had overtaken heart disease as a reason for hospital admissions.

The sad knock-on of all this has been a huge rise in all types of alcohol-related illnesses and deaths
Shona Robison
Health Minister

Figures, compiled especially for the BBC, suggested alcohol was now one of the leading causes of admission to hospital.

For the Scottish Government study, analysts at the Neilsen Company looked at sales of alcohol.

The Scottish Government said the figure of 11.8 litres equalled 570 pints of 4% strength beer, nearly 500 pints of 5% lager, 42 bottles of vodka or 125 bottles of wine for each adult during the course of a year.

It added that this was enough for every single adult to exceed the sensible drinking guidelines for men of 21 units every week of the year.

Compared with the latest figures compiled by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Scottish Government said this would place Scotland as having the eighth highest pure alcohol consumption level.

This put the country behind Luxembourg (15.6 litres per capita), Ireland (13.7 litres), Hungary (13.6 litres), Moldova (13.2 litres), Czech Republic (13.0 litres), Croatia (12.3 litres) and Germany (12.0 litres).

But it put Scotland ahead of Russia - where alcohol-related deaths have cut the average life expectancy for men to 59 - and also the US and China.

CONSUMPTION LEVELS
Luxembourg - which tops the WHO league - has a pure alcohol consumption level of 15.6 litres per capita
Russia's consumption is 10.3 litres, while the US 8.6 litres

Figures from the Office of National Statistics indicate that alcohol is nearly 70% more affordable now than in 1980, because although the price of alcohol has risen faster than retail prices generally, household income has risen much more quickly.

Ms Robison said Scotland was worryingly close to the top of the international league table.

She said: "Sales data from the alcohol industry itself indicates that we're buying and drinking much more than people in the other UK countries and most of the rest of the world.

"There can be little doubt that this is largely a consequence of the big fall in alcohol's relative price, which has dropped 70% since 1980."

Ms Robison added: "The sad knock-on of all this has been a huge rise in all types of alcohol-related illnesses and deaths, with Scotland's liver cirrhosis rate one of the fastest-growing worldwide and double that of England and Wales."

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said reducing the drink driving limit would reduce accidents on Scotland's roads.
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Default Re: 'Drinkers consumed almost 50 million litres of pure alcohol in 2007'

Not really sure where you are going with this...except possibly to show that Luxemburg and Ireland appear to have more drunks than anywhere else.
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Old Feb 22nd 2009, 9:54 am
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sounds like a lot but 10,000ml/365 = 27ml

Pint is 568ml at maybe 5% alc/vol = 28.4ml

Under a pint a day? Bunch of lightweights...
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Old Feb 22nd 2009, 10:02 am
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People aged over 16 sank the equivalent of 11.8 litres of pure alcohol per person. The figure for England and Wales was 9.9 litres.
So if you add the two figures together the UK has the highest figure.
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Bring them all over to Dubai and send them to the MMI/A&E, that'll sort them out.
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So if you add the two figures together the UK has the highest figure.
You wouldn't think I had A level maths would you

So who'd a guessed, the Scots like a drink.
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Most of it was consumed during the first three months of arrival by Chris79, with a little help from yours truly!
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how daft... drinking pure alcohol would kill you straight away.

You used to be able to get 90% proof alcohol in France for medicinal purposes, but too many people died from it. You can still get 70% proof from the chemist... and if you have a friend who's a chemist, you can get a 5l plastic bottle of it and use it for a base for aperitifs... not that I ever knew anyone who did that.
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You can buy 95% here over the counter IRRC but you wouldn't want to drink it as the purification process leaves some other nasty stuff in it.
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I believe the point is that us Scots have a wee bit to go before we get past the Irish... Do they include sid in the figures? If so, its time to do my bit for Scotland......
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