alcohol availability

Alcohol-related illness and death in Scottish neighbourhoods: is there a relationship with the number of alcohol outlets?

alcohol availability

Researchers at the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health (CRESH) at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow in Scotland have released a new report on alcohol outlet density and health. Key messages are below and full report is here.

  • There are large variations in numbers of alcohol outlets within neighbourhoods across Scotland.
  • Across the whole of Scotland, neighbourhoods with higher numbers of alcohol outlets had significantly higher alcohol-related death rates.
  • Alcohol-related death rates in neighbourhoods with the most alcohol outlets were more than double the rates in those with the fewest outlets. There were 34 alcohol-related deaths per 100,000 people in neighbourhoods with the most off-sales outlets, compared with 13 per 100,000 in neighbourhoods with the fewest.
  • Across the whole of Scotland, alcohol-related hospitalisation rates were significantly higher in neighbourhoods with the most alcohol outlets.