The Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health (CRESH) have previously investigated the links between alcohol environments and health, finding that availability of alcohol in Scotland is related to behaviours, harms and health inequalities.

AFS worked with CRESH in 2018 to produce profiles for each local authority area and Scotland as a whole, setting out what the relationships were between outlet availability and health harms, crime and deprivation.

The current CRESH digital map allows users to visualise the availability of alcohol in Scotland from 2012 to 2023. The data is available across a range of geographies including Scottish Government Data Zones, health board, local authorities and parliamentary constituencies.

The figures

£5-10 billion
Amount that alcohol use costs Scotland per year