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Scotland produces plan to tackle binge drinking

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 26 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:190
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    An action plan has been drawn up to tackle Scotland's culture of binge drinking, culture which is being blamed for damaging the country's future.

    Alcohol problems are estimated to cost Scotland £1bn ($1.4bn; €1.6bn) a year through reduced productivity and the costs of, crime, accidentsdamage to property, and health service costsinjury and illness. The latest figures show that one in three men in Scotland and one in seven women in Scotland are exceeding recommended drinking levels.

    Most worrying is the increasing incidence use of alcohol use among the young people—with …

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