The Kirkcaldy-based Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS) has called for a better understanding of UK-wide alcohol consumption.
The move comes following the release of a study which analysed alcohol sales data, which act as a proxy for alcohol consumption, and alcohol-related deaths for regions in the UK for the first time.
The study, led by NHS Health Scotland, shows that of 11 regions analysed, Central Scotland was one which had higher levels of alcohol sales per adult than the UK average.
The region also had substantially higher sales of spirits than any other region, especially through off-licences and it was also found that those regions with higher sales per adult typically had higher rates of alcohol-related deaths. A spokesperson for the study confirmed that adjustment had been made for the effects of tourism and other regional factors.
John Hamilton, chairman at FASS said: “This study is very helpful to us but we still need a better understanding of alcohol consumption, its relationship with alcohol-related problems including deaths, and the impact of different alcohol policy approaches by government and other organisations.”