Store staff praised for drink ad­vice

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

Scot­tish Health Sec­re­tary Shona Ro­bi­son has hailed staff at a lo­cal su­per­mar­ket for help­ing to ed­u­cate the pub­lic on al­co­hol mis­use.

Asda Dundee Mil­ton and al­co­hol ed­u­ca­tion char­ity Drinkaware pro­vided free in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice to shop­pers who vis­ited a stall at the store yes­ter­day. Help for par­ents on how to speak to their chil­dren about al­co­hol was also pro­vided.

Ms Ro­bi­son said: “I was im­pressed with the in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice be­ing pro­vided.

“Scot­land has a dif­fi­cult re­la­tion­ship with al­co­hol, with 1,265 al­co­hol-re­lated deaths last year, up 10% on 2015, while just to­day we see statis­tics show­ing a 2% an­nual in­crease in al­co­hol-re­lated hospi­tal stays. Be­hind ev­ery one of th­ese statis­tics is a per­son, a fam­ily and a com­mu­nity.”

Asda com­mu­nity cham­pion Yvonne McLaren said: “Dundee is an area that has a high level of de­pri­va­tion and un­for­tu­nately, we do see a lot of al­co­holism. Hope­fully, this could give peo­ple the push they need.”

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