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Alcohol, Drugs And Solvent Abuse

Volume 14: debated on Monday 30 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how many people, and what percentage of the population in Scotland, received medical attention in connection with alcohol problems during each of the last five years; and whether these percentages and the numbers have decreased since the passing of the Licensing (Scotland) Act;(2) how many persons, and what percentage of the Scots population, received medical attention in connection with drug and solvent abuse problems during each of the last five years; and whether these percentages and the numbers have decreased since the passing of the Licensing (Scotland) Act.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many rehabilitation centres for alcohol abuse are in operation in Scotland; and whether he has plans to open more.

The provision of facilities and services for people with alcohol-related problems is a matter for local authorities and health boards. Facilities of this nature are also provided by a number of voluntary organisations. Information about the extent of such provision is not held centrally.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what measures his Department is taking at present to deal in each case with the abuse of (a) alcohol, (b) drugs and (c) solvents.

In each case action is primarily the responsibility of health boards and local authorities; though voluntary organisations also play an invaluable part in dealing with alcohol abuse in particular. My Department has sought to encourage and finance research, health education and teaching in this field, through the activities of the Scottish Health Education Group, the Scottish Council on Alcoholism, the alcohol studies centre at Paisley College of Technology, and a number of other bodies.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many convictions arising out of offences relating to (a) alcohol, (b) drugs and (c)solvent abuse, respectively, there have been for each of the last 10 years.

Statistics on solvent abuse (which in itself is not an offence) are not collected by my

Scotland—Persons convicted for offences relating to alcohol or drugs
1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
Drunkenness10595108981166813516146831500114156123581264313523
Drunk driving(*)875710094104631197412671121551012991661108211432
Drugs offences3225576246415645296117059571122
(*) Including driving while under the influence of drugs.