Tobacco use and alcohol use are risk factors which contribute substantially to the burden of disease of the population of Forth Valley. In addition, illegal or illicit drug use is also a significant risk factor to the population
The Forth Valley Substance Use Healthcare Needs Assessment 2012 provides information on the impact of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs on the health of the population of Forth Valley.
Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS) have published information on estimated costs for alcohol harm attributed to the health service, social care, crime and productive capacity.
- Cost of alcohol harm breakdown 2010-11, Clackmannanshire
- Cost of alcohol harm breakdown 2010-11, Falkirk
- Cost of alcohol harm breakdown 2010-11, Stirling
The Forth Valley Alcohol & Drug Partnership has a remit for all substance use in Forth Valley, and has a strategic role in facilitating and supporting the work of the local ADPs for:
The Tobacco Action Group for Forth Valley is constituted as a sub-group of the Forth Valley ADP, and aims to take a multi-agency approach to reducing the disease burden of tobacco in the population of Forth Valley, through two main approaches:
Smoking cessation – taking a strategic overview of the development of services aimed at helping people stop smoking.
Tobacco Prevention work – aimed at reducing the likelihood of people (especially children) starting smoking – through Smoke Free Homes work and education for example, and also the enforcement of legislation.
- NHS Forth Valley HEAT H6 Action Plan – December 2010 Update
- Tobacco Action Group – Action Table
- Tobacco Prevention Work in Forth Valley
Alcohol use forms a major risk factor to the population of Forth Valley. It is thought that on average, population consumption is about 30% above recommended limits.
The recent Forth Valley Alcohol Strategy 2009-2011, identified four key areas to take forward in addressing the issue of alcohol use:
- Treatment and care – including brief intervention
- Childhood exposure to parental alcohol use
Appropriate calorie intake
Low in fats overall
High in fresh fruit and vegetables
Low in salt
Sufficient intake of specific food types such as oily fish
Only a very small proportion of the population adheres to the recommended intake for each of these aspects.
- For further information please visit the Diet and Nutrition page.
Physical inactivity is one of the most prevalent risk factors in our population.
- Read more about how regular physical activity cannot only help improve your health and well being but can be fun and enjoyable.
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