West Scotland MSP Calls for Action on Alcohol Harm in Renfrewshire

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.”