ALCOHOL is playing a key role in the development of cancer and strokes, a report has told. 

Analysis has revealed the extent to which the substance contributes to ill-health and admissions to hospital in Scotland. 

NHS Health Scotland has urged Scots to cut down on drinking for the sake of their health. 

Elaine Tod, public health intelligence advisor at NHS Health Scotland, said: "Alcohol has a wider impact on our health than many people think.

“Reducing harmful alcohol consumption will reduce this impact, and that would benefit everyone: drinkers and non-drinkers, children and families, communities, the NHS and emergency services, employers and the economy. 

"Preventative action is necessary if Scotland is to make long-term reductions in alcohol-related harm.”