Midlothian’s Licensing Board and Forum are inviting the public to have their say on licensing overprovision.
Under legislation, the board is required to consider if there are too many licensed premises in one particular area as part of its policy for the next three years.
Working with NHS Lothian and Police Scotland, the board have produced figures which profile each area, and the level of harm caused by alcohol.
In Dalkeith, there were 162 patients hospitalised in 2011/12 with alcohol related conditions.
Licensing board chairman councillor Bob Constable (SNP) said: “This is an opportunity for everyone to have their say on a key issue for many local people. I would encourage everyone who lives in Midlothian to get involved and help shape our policy over the next three years.”
The public consultation is open until November 26.
The survey is available at www.midlothian.gov.uk