HC Deb 14 February 1978 vol 944 cc206-7W
Mr. Hooson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish figures giving the known incidence of cases of alcoholism in Scotland; and what steps his Department is taking to educate young people on the hazards to health involved in the excessive consumption of alcohol.

Mr. Harry Ewing

There is no reliable estimate of the total number of persons in Scotland suffering from alcoholism; but the number of admissions to mental hospitals and psychiatric units of patients suffering from alcoholism or alcoholic psychosis in each of the five years to 1976 was:

Alcoholism Alcoholic psychosis
Male Female Male Female Total
1972 3,249 831 146 56 4,282
1973 3,751 1,015 171 64 5,001
1974 4,120 1,042 190 65 5,417
1975 4,006 1,136 222 74 5,438
1976 3,869 1,214 202 68 5,353

On the second part of the Question I would refer the hon. and learned Member to the answer I gave on 18th March 1977 to the hon. Member for Aberdeen, South (Mr. Sproat)—[Vol. 928, c. 321–2.] The list of measures then given will shortly be supplemented by two television "fillers" prepared by the Scottish Health Education Unit at a cost of £9,700.