McInnes slams alcohol costs

North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes has slammed the high cost of alcohol in the North East, citing figures from Alcohol Focus Scotland.

The pressure group’s figures indicate that alcohol related ‘harm’ - incorporating social, crime and health costs - cost £120 million in the city and £64 million in the shire.

Glasgow came out worst in the figures, with a cost of £364 million from alcohol misuse.

Ms McInnes said: “The figures show that Glasgow has the worst drink-related harm costs per person at £615 for 2010-11, with Aberdeen second worst in the country at £557. For Aberdeen that means an estimated £120m. Aberdeenshire by comparison comes in at £262 per person, a total of £64m. What a waste of money.

“These costs are eye-watering for an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, but it has no bearing on the horrific impact alcohol abuse has on our homes and communities. It’s clear that licensing boards throughout Scotland need to harness their full and sometimes underused powers.

“I am proud that the Liberal Democrats in Holyrood supported the ground-breaking minimum pricing legislation in Scotland which will go some way to break down the link between consumption and harm.”