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Publication name: Attitudes towards alcohol in Scotland: results from the 2013 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey
Date: 06 June 2014
Description: This report presents findings based on a module of questions exploring attitudes to alcohol which were included in the 2013 Scottish Social Attitudes (SSA) Survey. The aim of the alcohol module of the survey was to track changes in attitudes to alcohol and drinking since 2004 and 2007 (when previous alcohol modules were included) and to provide a baseline picture of public attitudes to minimum unit pricing (MUP) in Scotland. Interviews with a representative sample of the Scottish population were conducted between June and October 2013, with 1,497 interviews being achieved.

The findings suggest some positive changes since 2004 in relation to views on the problematic nature of alcohol relative to other drugs and the views of young people on the acceptability of getting drunk. However, there have been simultaneous increases in the proportion of adults reporting that people would think it odd if they didn’t drink at all, suggesting some scope to tackle these perceptions about non-drinking in future health campaigns. Views on MUP were divided, with slightly more in favour of the policy than against it. Yet, when asked about the proposed prices, between 55% and 66% of respondents thought they were ‘about right’.
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