SNP Government’s alcohol treatment success: The Facts

As ever the SoS misses out the facts you might need to get an informed assessment of the situation.

First: Sharp fall in alcohol-related hospital statistics

In 2020/21 the rate of alcohol-related hospital admissions to general acute hospitals was 614 per 100,000 populations and was 10% lower than the rate recorded during 2019/20 (681 per 100,000).

Second: NHS Scotland smashes drug and alcohol waiting times targets

Of the 8,202 referrals to community-based specialist drug and alcohol treatment services completed in this quarter [January to March 2022], 92% involved a wait of three weeks or less.

The target is 90%.

Third: SNP Minimum Pricing has worked

Despite desperate attempts by opposition parties and their MSM lackeys to somehow suggest that the ‘SNP’ minimum pricing policy is not working in Scotland, their arguments do not survive a collision with the evidence.

While alcohol-related deaths, in Scotland, did rise during the period of pandemic lockdowns in 2020, they had fallen for the 3 previous years, after the implementation of the policy in May 2018. The above BBC report suggests:

Heavy home drinking during the pandemic may have set habits that will lead to rises in alcohol-related deaths and illness in England, forecasters warn. The work, commissioned for the NHS, suggests even under the best-case scenario of people cutting back to pre-pandemic boozing levels, there could be 1,830 extra deaths within two decades.

There is no mention of the Scottish policy in a report with experts content only to warn but not to suggest solutions.

Even if they tend not to look north for ideas, they surely read the Lancet:

The evidence base supporting the positive, targeted impact of MUP is strengthened by the comparable results for Scotland and Wales. The short-term impact of MUP in Scotland during 2018 is maintained during the first half of 2020. MUP is an effective alcohol policy option to reduce off-trade purchases of alcohol and should be widely considered.

The BMJ:

Introducing minimum prices alongside alcohol taxes would limit access to high strength, low price alcohol which is associated with heavy drinking and high levels of harm. It highlighted minimum unit pricing—where the minimum price of a product is determined by the alcohol content only—as one of the most effective policies.

And the World Health Organisation:

Alcohol pricing policies and taxation are among the most effective and cost–effective measures to reduce alcohol consumption and harms – but most countries of the WHO European Region still do not use these valuable tools to their full potential.

3 thoughts on “SNP Government’s alcohol treatment success: The Facts

  1. £250million over five years. £50Million a year. Alcohol consumption has reduced 10%. Starting from a higher level 25% (Thatcher etc) Scottish Budget cut to a minimum. Higher unemployment 15%. People less healthy because of illegal lack of funding. Block grant. Kept secret under the Official Secrets Act. Devolution 2000. Computers and internet 1980/90s for monitoring statistics.

    More gyms and fitness centres are opening. Medical science has confirmed the affect of alcohol/drug tobacco has on the system. Consumption going down. Smoking levels falling. Cocaine and ketamine increased but not so deadly as heroin.

    Local authorities and health boards must play a part. Referral to total abstinence proper rehab facilities publically funded. Restricting opening hours and excessive, accessibility to alcohol.

    The Scottish Gov cannot tax or restrict the sale of alcohol. Reserved powers. That would reduce consumption dramatically. Alcohol as a percentage of average income is cheaper than 30 years ago. Higher tobacco tax and reduced advertising has reduced smoking levels. MUP (after five years) and lower alcohol limits have reduced consumption. The death rate falls will be still coming through with the statistics.

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  2. Jings.. It seems that Dani Garavelli is an award-winning journalist, quite in what subject I don’t know, hanging about with Sarah Smith, inventing stories, perhaps, reading non existent emails. Who can tell. What she does not excel in is doing any meaningful research into the Scottish data and it’s trends.

    Given the recent track record of the “Scottish Media”, I can only assume, not that I am an award winning journalist, is that there will soon be an “England / UK alcohol related update” and this SOS “piece” is to try and mask that.

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