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  • Public Health Scotland Alcohol Policy Briefing

    Created: 07/11/2023
    News/Events Category: Health and Social Care

    Public Health Scotland (PHS) has announced a new policy briefing on alcohol. 

    Key stats include: 

    • The number of people dying early is increasing 
    • The gap in life expectancy between the poorest and the wealthiest is growing 
    • Alcohol deaths are rising across the UK, and are highest in Scotland. This is despite the estimated number of lives saved by the introduction of minimum unit pricing 
    • Each week in Scotland, 23 people die because of alcohol 
    • If current trends continue, life expectancy will be 0.8 years lower by 2050. As a result, healthcare expenditure will need to rise by at least 3% (£209 per person per year) to account for the additional healthcare cost. 

    The report also outlines policy proposals and the role of PHS. 

    You can read the briefing here.

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