More than 24,000 Scots were hospitalised because of their drinking last year, with people from the most deprived areas nearly eight times more likely to need that kind of help than those in the most affluent areas.
Minimum unit pricing
Scotland's minimum unit price for alcohol could be in place at the start of May next year, Scotland's Health Secretary has announced.
Scotland's decision to bring in a minimum price per unit for alcohol will save 120 lives a year once it takes full effect, experts who researched the impact of the policy said.
The decision to allow minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol in Scotland has been bailed a "massive victory" for health and democracy.
The UK's highest court has rejected a long-running challenge against plans to use minimum pricing for alcohol to improve public health in Scotland. Here are some key questions about the proposal:
Scotland will become the first country in the world to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol.