Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Counting the cost of alcohol abuse in Scotland

A report by economists at York University has attempted to put a price on the cost of alcohol abuse in Scotland and has put the price of the nation's bar tab at a hefty £900 a year for every adult. The report estimated the cost of drinking at between £2.4bn and £4.6bn. The report's 'mid-point' estimate of £3.5bn was made up of £268.8m costs to the health service, £230.5m to social care, £727.1m in crime and £865.7m to the economy. The cost of premature death caused by alcohol was estimated at £1.46bn. The report comes as the ruling Scottish National Party attempts to impose a minimum price for alcohol in the teeth of opposition from the Labour and Conservative parties.

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