From BBC Scotland today:
Deaths caused by alcohol rose by 17% last year to the highest level for more than a decade, new official figures show.
The National Records of Scotland statistics show there were 1,190 alcohol-specific deaths registered in Scotland, 170 more than the previous year.
This was the highest number of alcohol-specific deaths registered since 2008.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-58243168
One year, especially a year like 2020, where many were cooped up in their homes for long periods, is not likely to provide evidence of trend. This is particularly true when the data contradict the longer trend:
Although Scotland has shown the highest alcohol-specific death rates for males since 2001, the country has also seen the largest decrease in rates, from a peak of 42.6 deaths per 100,000 in 2003 down to its lowest rate in 2019 (26.7 deaths per 100,000).https://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7626/CBP-7626.pdf