The NHS Scotland commissioned research was published in the open access journal BMC Public Health. The study is the first to combine alcohol retail sales with other research and survey data to analyse regional alcohol consumption and its relationship to alcohol-related mortality.
Central Scotland was shown to have the highest levels of alcohol consumption, largely due to high off-trade spirit sales, and highest mortality rates. The South West, North East, North West and Yorkshire also ranked above average for Great Britain. In contrast, there were lower average per adult sales in London, Central England and the East of England. See a Daily Mail report here which includes info-graphics.
Key findings included:
- Per adult consumption in northern England was above the GB average and characterised by high beer sales.
- A high level of consumption in South West England was driven by on-trade sales of cider and spirits and off-trade wine sales.
- Scottish regions had substantially higher spirits sales than elsewhere in GB, particularly through the off-trade.
- London had the lowest per adult consumption, attributable to lower off-trade sales across most drink types.
- Alcohol-related mortality was generally higher in regions with higher per adult consumption.
The study found a 'a general pattern of higher alcohol-related mortality in regions with higher population alcohol consumption', but two outliers existed with Central Scotland and South West England showing conversely disproportionate mortality rates.
See here for the Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) data tool or Alcohol Concern alcohol harm map also based largely on alcohol-related hospital admissions.