Health bosses and politicians have been urged to take swift action to tackle the problems associated with heavy alcohol consumption, after a study linked the substance with increased risk of death from breast cancer.
Alcohol Focus Scotland head of policy, research and communications Jennifer Curran noted that drinking to excess can have significant short and long-term effects on wellbeing and said it had been linked to more than 60 different illnesses.
"The increase in alcohol consumption ... is being fuelled by the fact that alcohol is more affordable, more available and more heavily marketed than at any time over the last 30 years," she commented.
Ms Curran added that more than one in three Scottish women regularly exceed the recommended daily limit and called for "robust action" on the availability and pricing of alcohol.
Her comments followed the publication of new research in the Tumori journal, which found females who consume more than 13 grams of alcohol each day have lower survival rates than non-drinkers.
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Private alcohol treatment news: 20 July 2011