Price of drink

GLASGOW city residents spend more than £1,000 per person on alcohol related harm.

A regional breakdown by Alcohol Focus Scotland shows Glasgow tops the list, as alcohol-related problems cost £364.79 million

When considering the total, financial impact on the health service, crime, social care and loss of productivity was considered.

While, when including other social costs, the total rises to £1,002 per person.

However, the figures in East Renfrewshire tell a different story, costing £371 per person — still a total of £19.13 million in 2010-11.

Across the country, the overall cost was £3.6 billion a year.

Dr Evelyn Gillan, chief executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland, said: “Scotland is unique in having a licensing system which requires licensing boards to consider the protection and improvement of public health when taking decisions about licensing.

“But with the majority of people drinking at home, we need to shift the focus of licensing away from individual on-sales premises to managing the overall availability of alcohol.