Scotland’s relationship with alcohol was a subject under discussion in the Scottish Parliament this week
Alcohol Focus Scotland was in Parliament promoting their Manifesto to help tackle Scotland’s growing problem with drink. Local MSP Neil Findlay spoke to representatives from Alcohol Focus and expressed his support for their manifesto for a healthier, safer and fairer Scotland.
Neil Findlay MSP said:
I was pleased to meet with Alcohol Focus Scotland to discuss their manifesto to try and reduce harmful drinking. Alcohol abuse is a problem that is impacts on too many families. Our communities are often less safe, people get ill and die younger and our public services are put under incredible strain trying to cope with the impact of alcohol abuse.
In West Lothian there were 1102 alcohol related hospital admissions, 26 alcohol related deaths and 40 child protection cases where parental alcohol or drug misuse was involved. The annual financial cost across health, social care, crime and productive capacity was £60.1m.
Scotland has a problem with harmful alcohol consumption. Alcohol Focus have provided us with a number of ideas that should help stimulate and I commend them for that.