Alcohol Focus Scotland last week published the findings of their latest study. In simple terms, the outcome of the study was that neighbourhoods with the most licensed premises had the highest rates of alcohol related harm, illness and death. They found that death rates are twice as high parts of the country that had the most bars and off licences and hospital admissions were ‘significantly higher’ where there was easier access to alcohol. The study, which was conducted by researchers at both Glasgow and Edinburgh University found that in neighbourhoods with the most off-sales outlets there were 34 alcohol related deaths per 100,000 compared to 13 per 100,000 in neighbourhoods with the fewest outlets.
Alcohol related issues are very complex and there is not one simple answer. Here, however, is another piece of evidence that along with pricing, availability and environment are all factors in how much people drink.
What concerns us is how easy it is to obtain licenses to sell alcohol even when taking into account the harm caused and how difficult it is to get help for the alcoholic. Of the £1 billion spent on addiction treatment in the UK last year, less than 1% was spent on residential treatment for alcoholics. Families are having to seek private treatment as there is often little or no help available.
At The Providence Projects, we understand this predicament facing alcoholics and their families and we continue to endeavour to offer affordable private rehab options. We also understand the need for immediate help in a time of crisis.
If you or a loved one are having problems with alcohol and are considering either a detox or alcohol rehab programme, please call today on 0800 955 0945 and speak to one of our alcohol counsellors.