Discover Major Findings Relating to Alcohol in Scotland

Alcohol in Scotland is the portal through which major findings from the Alcohol Toolkit Study and other national data are made available to policy makers, clinicians, researchers, journalists and the general public.

Latest trends on alcohol consumption in Scotland from the Alcohol Toolkit Study

Jamie Brown, Loren Kock, Dimitra Kale, Emma Beard, Robert West, Alan Brennan, Colin Drummond, Matthew Hickman, John Holmes, Eileen Kaner, Susan Michie

Last updated: 17th May 2022


  • Data collected during monthly household survey beginning October 2020
  • Each month involves a new representative sample of ~ 450 adults (16 and over)
  • Due to the pandemic:

– Surveys are conducted by telephone and among adults aged 18 and over until face-to-face collection is possible

  • Methods described in open access: Kock L, Shahab L, Moore G, Beard E, Bauld L, Reid G, Brose L, Horton M, Gould A, Brown J. Protocol for expansion of an existing national monthly survey of smoking behaviour and alcohol use in England to Scotland and Wales: The Smoking and Alcohol Toolkit Study. Wellcome Open Research. 2021 Mar 29;6(67):67.