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Alcohol related deaths highgest in Glasgow

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Nearly six times more people die as a result of alcohol in parts of Glasgow than anywhere else in the UK, data has shown.

The national average for alcohol-related deaths is 13 in every 100,000, but in the constituency of Glasgow Shettleston the number of deaths was 574% higher in 2008.

Not only that, but 64 of the 73 Scottish Parliament constituencies had more drink-related deaths than the national average, according to statistics revealed by Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon.

Glasgow Maryhill had a rate more than four times the average figure - and deaths in Greenock and Iverclyde were 371% higher.

Not all constituencies were so high: Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale had an alcohol-related death rate of 30%, which is less than a third of the average.

NHS Borders area was the only Scottish health board to come below the national average rate, with 60%. The 267% rate for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde was nearly three times above average.

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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