Al­co­hol is­sues in re­gion ‘wor­ry­ing’

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

SHOCK­ING sta­tis­tics have shown that al­most one in 10 men in the NHS High­land re­gion is a prob­lem drinker, and chil­dren as young as three can recog­nise the smell of al­co­hol.

Al­co­hol abuse will be top of the agenda at the NHS High­land board meet­ing on Tues­day De­cem­ber 1, with Dr Hugo van Wo­er­den, the board’s di­rec­tor of pub­lic health, call­ing the fig­ures ‘ex­tremely wor­ry­ing’.

The sta­tis­tics show the chal­lenges the re­gion, along with many other parts of Scot­land, face with re­gards to prob­lem drink­ing, and form a key part of Dr van Wo­er­den’s re­port. It also shows women are as likely to suf­fer from al­co­hol abuse as men.

Across the NHS High­land re­gion, 9.4 per cent of men and 7.2 per cent of women are classed as prob­lem drinkers, and there has been a rise in al­co­hol in­take by women aged 16-24. In to­tal, 40 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion reg­u­larly drinks more than the rec­om­mended limit.

The board meet­ing, to be held at Assynt House in In­ver­ness, starts at 8.30am.

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