Researchers at the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health (CRESH) at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow in Scotland have released a new report on alcohol outlet density and health. Key messages are below and full report is here.
- There are large variations in numbers of alcohol outlets within neighbourhoods across Scotland.
- Across the whole of Scotland, neighbourhoods with higher numbers of alcohol outlets had significantly higher alcohol-related death rates.
- Alcohol-related death rates in neighbourhoods with the most alcohol outlets were more than double the rates in those with the fewest outlets. There were 34 alcohol-related deaths per 100,000 people in neighbourhoods with the most off-sales outlets, compared with 13 per 100,000 in neighbourhoods with the fewest.
- Across the whole of Scotland, alcohol-related hospitalisation rates were significantly higher in neighbourhoods with the most alcohol outlets.