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On Thursday 23rd January 2020, in Holyrood, James Kelly (Glasgow) (Scottish Labour) asked the Scottish Government what its response is to recently reported alcohol-related brain damage statistics, which suggest that the number of people with this condition is at a 10-year high.

The answer:

Last year, ‎2018-19 shows a drop in the number of patients with ARBD, a decline of 3% from the previous year

The actual data:

2017/18                810

2018/19                785

Click to access WA20200123.pdf

Kelly has previous on arithmetical confusion. In 2016:

“Of the cases that come to court, over half of them fail. So even if you accepted the basic premise of the Act, as a law it’s not working.”

From Wings:

This is a lie. Of OBFA cases brought to court, 69% (242 out of 352) have resulted in convictions and just 31% have failed. Last time we checked, 31% was less than half by a quite significant distance. There hasn’t been a single year in which “over half” of OBFA cases brought to court have failed

And in 2019: