New analysis of the cost of alcohol-related harm for the City of Glasgow shows that alcohol is costing the city £364.8m every year.
Profiles showing how much alcohol-related harm costs each local authority area in Scotland have been published ahead of Alcohol Focus Scotland's annual licensing conference. This is the first time analysis has been carried out to show the total cost of health, crime, social care and productive capacity at a local authority area level.
The profiles provide more evidence of the need for licensing boards to take action to restrict the availability of alcohol in their areas.
Dr Evelyn Gillan, Chief Executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland said:
"It is clear that alcohol is costing us all too much. Scotland is unique in having a licensing system which requires licensing boards to consider the protection and improvement of public health when taking decisions about licensing. But we need to make sure that this principle is put into practice. With the majority of alcohol sold in Scotland bought from supermarkets, and most people drinking at home, we need to shift the focus of licensing away from individual on-sales premises to managing the overall availability of alcohol. We hope that these figures will assist Glasgow Licensing Board in their work to regulate licensing in order to reduce both the harm caused by alcohol and the cost to the public purse."
In Glasgow City, the estimated costs of alcohol-related harm in 2010/11 were:
- Health service: £40.17m
- Social care: £56.06m
- Crime: £152.12m
- Productive capacity: £116.43m
- Total cost: £364.79m
- Cost per person: £615
Dr Peter Rice, Chairperson of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) said:
"SHAAP is very supportive of the role of licensing boards in improving public health. Our members working in the frontline of health services know only too well how important prevention is. Effective regulation, particularly in the off-sales sector, is essential to reduce alcohol-related illness in Scotland."