Alcohol-related deaths in Scotland are around double those for the rest of the UK, latest statistics reveal.
Analysis by the Office for National Statistics shows that, between 2002 and 2004, the alcohol-related death rate for men in Scotland was 39.1 per 100,000 of the population, compared with 17.4 for the UK.
For women, the figure was 15.7 per 100,000 for women in Scotland, compared with 8.1 in the UK.
The ONS also revealed that, overall, the number of alcohol-related deaths in the UK rose from around 4,000 per annum in 1991 to more than 8,000 in 2004.
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