Alcohol, tobacco, fast food and gambling outlets clustered in deprived areas of Glasgow

Researchers from the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU) within the Institute of Health and Wellbeing have found that there are more alcohol, fast food, tobacco and gambling outlets in the most deprived areas of Glasgow compared with more affluent areas.

Map showing worst effected areas of Glasgow for alcohol, tobacco, fast food and gambling

The study found that these potentially health-damaging and/or addictive goods and services were “clustered” within the most deprived areas. Outlets were co-located around busy main roads, within the city centre, shopping and office hubs in the west end and south side, and in deprived areas of the east end including Bridgeton, Parkhead, Shettleston and Tollcross.

The research has led to an invitation to present findings at a Scottish Parliament round table event and Cross Party Group meeting. It is hoped the findings may aid authorities to develop policies and planning regulations that tackle these unhealthy behaviours in the areas of greatest need.

First published: 26 June 2018