Number of people given advice on drinking in Aberdeen has fallen since last year

Alan Donnelly
Alan Donnelly

The number of drinkers in Aberdeen who were given advice on their alcohol intake has tumbled this year, new figures show.

An alcohol brief intervention (ABI) is a term used in healthcare to describe a talk between a professional and someone whose drinking is considered a problem.

A new report to the Aberdeen Integrated Joint Board (IJB) shows the number of ABIs this year was 617 compared to the 894 baseline average – a drop of 31%.

Health chiefs have long warned people of the dangers of drinking too much and the city council has encouraged a more continental “cafe culture” to encourage a shift away from bingeing.

IJB board member Alan Donnelly, a councillor for Torry and Ferryhill, said: “I think there are a number of reasons behind this drop. People are getting to be more aware of the health impacts of problem drinking because of the educational programmes. But there is also a change in culture under way – younger people are drinking less than previous generations and the economic downturn in the city is hitting people’s pockets hard so they are not going out at night like they used to.”