Alcohol deaths in Scotland have doubled in thirty years, according to new figures released by the General Register Office for Scotland.
In 2010, the number of deaths due to alcohol-related illness was 1,318, compared with 641 in 1979.
The figures also show that there has been a massive increase in deaths among men in Scotland, whereas the number of booze linked deaths among women has decreased (445 to 409).
Naturally, the release of the statistics has lead to greater calls for treatment and intervention to help confront the problem. The Scottish Government, who were defeated in their attempt to introduce minimum pricing last year, reiterate their stance on pricing to help curb the disease.
A Scottish Government spokesman said: “It is clear that too many people are still drinking too much and damaging their health in the process. We need to take action on this.
“We believe minimum pricing would be the most effective and efficient way to tackle alcohol misuse as it would effectively target problem drinkers and help them reduce their consumption.”
The information shows Greater Glasgow had the most deaths in 2010 with 215 fatalities. North Lanarkshire was close behind with 119 deaths, while Edinburgh had 103.
The stats also show that there was a major surge in alcohol-related deaths during the 1990s .
The General register of Scotland published: “The numbers of alcohol-related deaths for both sexes were relatively stable during the 1980s, but there were significant increases, particularly for men, during the 1990s and early 2000s. The largest numbers, and largest increases, were in those aged 45 to 59.”