The old stereotype is fading other than in the tired repertoire of airheaded English comedians. Scotland, we know has a fast-falling violent crime rate with far less knife crime than elsewhere in the UK, especially London, and a lower rate of violent crime in our cities than in any of the English cities. See these for more:
The ‘Sick man of Europe’ image is still with us but must surely pass away with my generation. See, for example:
Now, we see evidence of the main factor underpinning our old stereotype, ‘the drink’, also diminishing. The chart above is from an ONS report, which I can’t trace but also in a BBC report today with, of course, no proper referencing. It’s only one measure, I appreciate, but it’s quite a good indicator of our changing relationship with alcohol.
Sláinte gan alcól!