…to hang our heads in shame.
Some time ago in another place, I highlighted this ONS report into Alcohol-Related deaths on the BBC news web site. On every measure and in every population segment, we win the race to kill ourselves with alcohol.
Today we have an NHS study suggesting the actual death toll may be 1 in every 20 deaths in Scotland is alcohol related (study based on 2003 data and the rate is increasing).
I’m no paragon but that’s a fairly eye-watering number. Maybe we could have slot on the news “…Today another 8 people were killed by the still-legal drug, Ethanol – the death-toll continues to rise. And now the weather…”. That would have to be read out every day of the year.
A small selection of graphs – Scotland is highest and that is BAD.