West Scotland MSP Jamie Greene today called for action on tackling alcohol abuse and harm in Renfrewshire.
Figures from Alcohol Focus Scotland reveal that 34% of men and 16% of women are currently drinking at “hazardous/harmful levels”. Last year in Renfrewshire there were 1,617 alcohol-related hospital stays and 43 alcohol-related deaths.
Figures also show that the cost of alcohol harm to East Renfrewshire (through health, social care, crime and productive capacity) was £72.2 million or £424 per person.
There were 40 child protection cases in Renfrewshire where parental alcohol or drug misuse was involved.
Mr Greene commented: “These figures are extremely worrying and show that we need to take action to address these very real issues.”
“There’s nothing wrong with a drink but excessive binge drinking can have serious effects on people, friends and families. It’s important that we take serious the consequences of drinking and know our limits.”
“We spend £72 million a year in Renfrewshire dealing with drinking issues and as the figures show it puts a lot of strain on our NHS. There are real benefits to dealing with this issue.”
“I thank Alcohol Focus Scotland for bringing this figures to the public’s attention and I would like to see people across the community and from all levels of government coming together to put together a real plan of action.”