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This page relates to the 2007 version of the National Performance Framework. Information about the current version of the NPF is available on the Scotland Performs Home Page.

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Current Status

Levels of alcohol related hospital admissions have increased steadily over the last decade. However, the last two years have seen decreases of 3.2% and 7.1% respectively.

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National Indicator


Reduce alcohol related hospital admissions by 2011

Reduce alcohol-related hospital admissions by 2011

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Why is this National Indicator important?

Tackling alcohol-related harm is one of the Scottish Government's key public health priorities. Alcohol-related admissions give a measure of the amount of harm to physical and mental health that alcohol misuse is causing. Not only is there evidence of the increasingly negative impact alcohol misuse is having on the physical and mental health of individuals, there is also evidence of its effect on wider outcomes such as employment, crime and families.

What will influence this National Indicator?

Alcohol misuse is a complex issue affecting all sectors of society. A wide range of social, cultural and health-related factors influence alcohol-related hospital admissions. These include: accessibility and availability; enforcement of existing drinking laws; education and awareness; early intervention; and the availability and use of appropriate services. All of which are compounded by issues such as deprivation, mental health issues and homelessness.

What is the Government's role?

To take forward the actions in our long-term strategic approach for tackling alcohol misuse - "Changing Scotland's Relationship with Alcohol: A framework for Action". This includes action on accessibility and availability of alcohol, raising public awareness of the negative consequences of excessive drinking and stricter enforcement of existing laws. Significant investment in health improvement initiatives, including the roll out of screening and alcohol interventions across a range of healthcare settings.

How are we performing?

Rates of alcohol related hospital admissions have been increasing over the last decade but decreased in the last two years. In 2009/10 the rate of alcohol related hospital admissions was 709 per 100,000 population. This represents a 7.1% decrease in admissions from 2008/09, when the rate was 763 per 100,000 but represents a 23.1% increase since 1997/98, when the rate was 576 per 100,000 population.

Alcohol related hospital admissions in Scotland

Source: NHS Information Services Division (ISD Scotland) 2010

Note: Due to a change in the methodology used to calculate alcohol related hospital admissions, figures for years previous to 2008/09 have been revised. These changes are minor and do not represent any substantial difference to the trend over time.

Note: Figures for 2009/10 are provisional.

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This evaluation is based on: any difference within +/- 1.0% of last year's figure suggests that the position is more likely to be maintaining than showing any change. A decrease of 1.0% or more suggests the position is improving; whereas an increase of 1.0% or more suggests the position is worsening.

For information on general methodological approach, please click here.

Further Information

Scotland Performs Technical Note

Statistics Topic Page

Who are our partners?

NHS Scotland

Local Authorities

Related Strategic Objectives


Safer and Stronger


Wealthier and Fairer


View National Indicator data

Downloadable document:

Data for National Indicator on AlcoholData for National Indicator on Alcohol [XLS, 30.5 kb: 22 Feb 2011]
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