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Too many Scots drink to get drunk, say experts

on 20/06/14 at 1:28 pm

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hMORE work is needed to get Scots to change their views on alcohol, experts said, as research showed many still hold “permissive” views about getting drunk.

Results from the Scottish Social Attitudes survey revealed an increase in people who thought it was easier to enjoy a social event if they had a drink, up from 35 per cent in 2004 to 39 per cent in 2013.

But the research by ScotCen Social Research, commissioned by Health Scotland, also found that most people were in favour of a minimum price for alcohol.

Overall, 41 per cent of more than 1,500 people questioned were in favour of a minimum unit price, with 35 per cent against and 22 per cent neither for nor against it. Those findings were welcomed by the Scottish Government, whose minimum pricing policy has been delayed by legal challenges from the alcohol industry.

The research also found that in some areas, Scots had a greater recognition of the dangers posed by irresponsible alcohol consumption.

In 2013, 60 per cent thought alcohol was the drug causing most problems in Scotland, up from 46 per cent in 2004.

Despite this, there has been little change in attitudes to getting drunk. In 2004, 18 per cent of people thought it was acceptable to get drunk at weekends, rising to 19 per cent in 2013.