Date lodged: 23 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in light of reports of an increase in the number of young people being admitted to hospitals in the NHS Ayrshire and Arran area because of alcohol-related conditions.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 14 March 2017
Data held by Information Services Scotland, for 2012-13 to 2015-16, demonstrates a decrease in the number of young people under 26 years of age admitted to a general acute hospital in NHS Ayrshire and Arran for an alcohol related condition.
The Scottish Government has taken forward a range of actions around children and young people through Changing Scotland's Relationship with Alcohol: A Framework for Action. This includes improved substance misuse education in schools through Curriculum for Excellence, improved identification of, and support for, children affected by parental substance misuse and support for diversionary activities. We are in the process of refreshing our Framework and will consider what further action to take.
In addition the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Act 2010 imposed a mandatory condition onto licences to have an age verification policy (Challenge 25) to make it harder for under-age drinkers to gain access to alcohol and the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 will make it an offence to give alcohol to children or young people in a public place helping the Police to address the scourge of drinking dens.