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Call for more alcohol abuse cash
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Dr Bruce Ritson believes alcohol causes as many problems as drugs
Experts debating how to tackle substance abuse in Scotland will hear that more money needs to be spent on reducing alcoholism.

Dr Bruce Ritson will say that funding is often focused on drug addicts.

But the chairman of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems believes drink causes just as many social and health difficulties.

He will be speaking at the Glasgow Addiction Services Christmas conference in Clydebank.

Dr Ritson also feels GPs and hospital staff should be taught how to recognise alcohol abuse at an early stage, and give advice on getting help.

The conference will also hear from Community Safety Minister Fergus Ewing who will focus on the challenges ahead, along with child protection issues.

Martin Narey, the chief executive of Barnardo's UK, will highlight links between child poverty and an increase in crime and drug abuse.

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