Over half of Scottish murders involve alcohol

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Action on Scotland’s problem with alcohol is essential as two key reports released today show the impact alcohol is having on Scottish society.

Homicide figures released today show that 53% of those accused of homicide were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the murder.

 

The statistics come as the Chief Medical Officers annual report on Scotland’s health states: “Obesity, poor diet and excessive alcohol consumption continue to be a cause of unacceptable levels of ill health which are inequitably distributed across society.”

At the same time Doctors and public health professionals have called on the UK Government to follow Scotland’s lead and propose a minimum price per unit of alcohol.