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Call for minimum pricing as alcohol deaths rise

Figures published today reveal that 1,152 Scots died because of alcohol in 2014, an increase of 5% compared with 2013.

The figures show there were 784 male deaths and 368 female deaths last year.

National Records of Scotland - alcohol-related deaths

Barbara O'Donnell, Acting Chief Executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland said:

"It is really concerning that alcohol-related deaths have risen again in Scotland. Alcohol is a leading cause of ill health, injury and preventable death in Scotland.  It is particularly sad that so many Scots die from alcohol-related diseases when they are only in their 40s and 50s.

"People are dying because alcohol is far too cheap, it’s available anytime, anywhere, and it’s too heavily promoted. We need to get minimum unit pricing in place to make the cheapest, strongest drinks less affordable to harmful drinkers."