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Changing Scotland's Relationship with Alcohol: A Framework for Action


Chief Medical Officer - Introductory Message

There is no doubt that alcohol misuse claims many hundreds of lives in Scotland every year - twice as many today as 15 years ago - and that it hits our poorest communities the hardest. It has become a major health, economic and social challenge for our people, a problem which is damaging families and communities across the country. We have a responsibility to do all we can to tackle it. In Scotland, we led the way on smoking and we can lead the way on alcohol misuse too.

The measures set out in this paper will help but, most of all, every one of us has to look at our own relationship with alcohol. Scotland and drink go back a long way but things have got out of kilter. Recommended daily guidelines are lower than most people think. Every one of us must ask, frankly, whether we are part of the problem and whether we are going to be part of the solution.

Harry Burns
Chief Medical Officer