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Shocking drink-related death rate

A Glasgow constituency has recorded an alcohol-related death rate almost six times the UK average, figures have shown.

Across Britain an average of 13 in every 100,000 deaths are alcohol-related. But last year's figures show Glasgow Shettleston had a death rate 574% higher than the national average, six times greater.

In addition, the number of alcohol-related deaths in as many as 64 of the 73 constituencies in Scotland was more than the UK average.

A figure more than four times the UK average was recorded in Glasgow Maryhill while Greenock and Inverclyde rates were almost four times the average at 371%, the data revealed by Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon showed.

Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale were towards the bottom of the alcohol-related death rate list at 30%. This is less than a third of the UK average.

Every Scotland health board had a drink-related death rate higher than the UK average, except the NHS Borders area which recorded a rate of 60%.

Anne McLaughlin, an SNP MSP for Glasgow, said: "The scale of Glasgow's death toll from alcohol is shocking. These deaths take a huge personal toll on families in the city as well as our communities and public services."

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"I come from Glasgow and have had first hand experience of death caused by alcohol, however I live near Newcastle and am shocked by the binge drinking culture of the people in the north east, especially the teenagers and young adults. We seem to be obsessed with smoking and I agree that this need to be addressed but I feel that there are more immediate risks posed to the person and society by drinking and that a lot more needs to be done in this field of risky behaviour" - Lesley Williamson, Newcastle