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Alcohol sales in Scotland fall to all-time low in 2018 | HeraldScotland

ALCOHOL sales in Scotland fell to an all-time low in the year that minimum pricing came into force.

The latest data, for 2018, reveals that adults in Scotland are now consuming less alcohol than they have since records began in 1994.

Teenagers are also less likely than ever to have tried alcohol, with the percentage of 15-year-olds who say they have had a drink even once in their lifetime dipping below 70 per cent for the first time in 24 years.

Among 13-year-olds the figure was less than 30% for the first time on record, backing up mounting evidence worldwide that young people are turning their backs on booze.

Analysis: What does the drop in sales tell us about minimum pricing?

However, adult drinkers north of the Border are continuing to significantly exceed the recommend guidelines on units, and overall alcohol intake in Scotland remains well above that of England and Wales.

According to today’s report by the Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy (MESAS), average alcohol consumption per adult was 19 units per person per week, compared to the recommended maximum of 14 units.

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