Alcohol consumption in Scottish Cities

Mean weekly units of alcohol by gender across Scottish cities

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Of those who had had an alcoholic drink the past year, people in Glasgow drank an average 12 units of alcohol in the previous week – slightly lower than Scotland as a whole (13). Edinburgh had the highest average number of weekly units of alcohol (15). On average males had higher weekly units of alcohol than females in Scotland and all Scottish cities.

Proportion of hazardous/harmful drinkers across Scottish cities

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A fifth of adults in Glasgow (21%) drank more than the recommended 14 units of alcohol per week – slightly lower than Scotland as a whole (24%). Similarly, men were more likely than women to report drinking more than 14 units a week across Scotland, with 30% of men in Glasgow exceeding the recommendation, and 14% of women. Edinburgh had the highest rate of people exceeding the recommendation, particularly for males with 43%.


Figures for Dundee cannot be shown because the sample of respondents was too small.

Additional Resources

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    Exploring alcohol-related harm in Glasgow

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    Miniature Glasgow - Video

    An extension of the GCPH's work profiling Glasgow's health, produced in collaboration with the International Future Forum.
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    A Games Legacy for Glasgow

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    Friday, 17 July 2009

    Views of Health in Glasgow - Video

    Originally produced for an international audience at a conference in Pittsburgh, USA, this film provides insights on health concerns and beliefs drawn from interviews with Glaswegians themselves and with a group of health experts.
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    Let Glasgow Flourish

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