Response on National Records of Scotland figures on alcohol deaths in 2020

Matt Lambert, CEO of the Portman Group – the alcohol social responsibility body and marketing regulator said:

“We are seeing a tragic pattern as a result of the pandemic, and these figures reinforce previous data on those drinking at the most harmful rates. The reasons for this are complex and likely the result of people being cut off from the social and professional support they need. The focus should be to target support for those who are the most vulnerable.’