Alcohol issues in region ‘worrying’
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.