Alcohol Problems (Action Plan)

Part of Scottish Ambulance Service – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 7th February 2002.

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Photo of Keith Raffan Keith Raffan Liberal Democrat 2:30 pm, 7th February 2002

Does the minister agree that a serious imbalance exists between the Executive's spending on tackling drug misuse—£141.5 million on specific and generic programmes—and the much smaller amount that it is spending on tackling alcohol dependency. Given that the number of alcohol-related deaths is at least three times that of drug-related deaths and that alcohol dependency affects an estimated five times as many people as does drug addiction, what are the Executive's plans to redress the balance?