In response to Alcohol Focus Scotland’s analysis of specialist alcohol treatment access, Matt Lambert, CEO of the Portman Group – the alcohol social responsibility body and marketing regulator said: 

“Alcohol Focus Scotland is right to show that access to specialist alcohol treatment has declined by 40% over the past 10 years in Scotland. It is incredibly concerning and supports our call for an immediate increased investment in services and person-centric recovery support.

Furthermore, we urge the Scottish Government to implement targeted interventions to reach this minority of high-risk drinkers and tackle the complexities underlying their drinking.”