Details of upcoming events

Men and Alcohol Seminar Series: Bookings now open!  


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Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) are co-hosting a four part seminar series to discuss issues relating to men and alcohol. Each session will be chaired by an expert in the field who will invite three guest speakers to present their personal responses to three pre-set questions, which are relevant to the topic. These events will provide an opportunity for policy makers, academics, activists, and media representatives to discuss critically topics related to men and alcohol use. The intention is to stimulate thinking, challenge some attitudes and perceptions, and to think about future research and policy priorities. A summary of the discussions from the seminars will be collated into a report, which will be disseminated after the events. This series follows the women and alcohol seminar series held in 2017, the report for which can be found here.


2nd of September 2019, Edinburgh - Men, Alcohol and Identity

22nd of November 2019, London - Men, Alcohol and Marketing: Register here.

24th of January 2020, Edinburgh - Men, Alcohol and Health: Register here.

20th of March 2020, London - Men and Alcohol: What's Next? Register here.


Previous Events

9th July 2019 (Extra 'Occasional' event): 'Heineken in Africa'. Investigative journalist and author Olivier van Beemen discusses his new book. Click on the image to watch the interview with him Cover Heineken in Africa for social media

SHAAP/SARN Alcohol 'Occasionals' 2018-19: The theme of this session was 'Alcohol and Recovery' and the following events took place:

6th December 2018 - Visibility and Voice within the Addiction Recovery Advocacy Movement, Liam Metcalf-White, University of Chester

17th January 2019 - Evaluation of the Drink Wise Age Well Interventions, Dr Lauramay Adnum, Liverpool Hope University

14th February 2019 - "Before rock bottom?" Promoting early recovery and self-change amongst harmful drinkers,James Morris, London South Bank University

7th March 2019 - Redefining Recovery- Soberistas: a social network encouraging a secure alcohol-free identity, Dr Julia Sinclair, Professor of Addiction Psychiatry, Southampton University

25th April 2019 - Exploring the role of food and nutrition for women in recovery from alcohol and substance misuse’, Deanne Carlson and Chloe Berry, University of Plymouth

23rd May 2019 - “You could just show a little more compassion”: A meta-ethnography of what constitutes effective problem alcohol and drug treatment from the perspective of people who are homeless, Dr Hannah Carver & Dr Tessa Parkes, University of Stirling

9th July 2019 - Heineken in Africa, Olivier Van Beeman  

For reports from each session, go to 'Publications'

Pathways to Recovery for individuals, families and communities - 15th January 2019

SHAAP is pleased to organise this FREE event in conjunction with organisations supporting people in recovery, their families and communities, incl. Al Anon, AA, Scottish Families affected by Alcohol and Drugs and the Scottish Recovery Consortium. This half-day workshop is part of our season focussing specifically on Alcohol and Recovery, and its purpose is to share experiences, celebrate recovery and hear from networks supporting recovery in Scotland. Read our brief summary of the event.

8th European Alcohol Policy Conference

20-21st November 2018, Edinburgh

 8th European Alcohol Policy Conference

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Launch of SHAAP alcohol mortality report at Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh on Friday 26th October, 12:30-14:00.
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 'Gender & Alcohol: Tackling Stereotypes'

21st March 2018

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Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) are pleased to invite you to this evening event at the Scottish Parliament, hosted by Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP.

  • Dr Carol Emslie, Reader within the School of Health & Life Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University, and
  • Dr Niamh Fitzgerald, Senior Lecturer in Alcohol Studies at the Institute for Social Marketing, University of Stirling, will present new infographics on ‘Men, Women and Alcohol in Scotland’
  • Katherine Brown, Chief Executive of IAS
  • Victoria Troy of Glasgow Caledonian University will showcase a report by SHAAP/IAS on their 2017 seminar series ‘Women & Alcohol’ which looks at globalisation, empowerment, stigma, and the next steps.

If you wish to attend, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 13th March. For reasons of Parliamentary security, you MUST BE REGISTERED!

SHAAP/SARN 'Alcohol Occasionals' 2017-2018

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) are pleased to organise the lunchtime 'Alcohol Occasional' seminars. These showcase innovative research on alcohol use and provide the chance for researchers, practitioners and policy makers and members of the public to hear and discuss alcohol related topics, over lunch in the historic Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh at 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh.

2017/18 programme:

The talks will focus specifically on Alcohol and Social Justice in the next session. The programme and dates are now confirmed:

These events are popular and places are limited. To register via EventBrite, click on the title of the event/s (above) that you wish to attend.

Tuesday, 24th October 2017: National launch of SHAAP's 'Alcohol-related Liver Disease: Guidance for Good Practice'.

Held at Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood will address the conference, which is aimed at clinicians, researchers and healthcare professionals involved in the treatment and care of patients with ALD. 

Trans Inclusion in Drug and Alcohol Services - Findings from research: an interactive workshop

SHAAP and the Scottish Transgender Alliance (STA) hosted an interactive workshop to present the findings of the Scottish Transgender Alliance (STA) and North Ayrshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership (NAADP) research into trans inclusion in drug and alcohol services.

Event details: Wednesday 11th January 2017, 11:00-15:00 in the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

Postgraduate and Early Career Research Symposium - 18th April 2016

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP), in collaboration with the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN), held a Postgraduate and Early Career Research symposium on 18th of April 2016 at the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh.

The symposium was a chance for students, with an interest in alcohol research, from across Scottish institutions to come together, and present their research. The overall aim of the Symposium was to build on and strengthen the PhD and Early Career Researchers community which is of great important to both SARN and SHAAP.

The day consisted of a number of short presentations made by researchers who are at varying time-points within the academic journey, as well as a number of round table discussions. This was a fantastic opportunity to not only network with  peers but it also provided the opportunity to present and get feedback on research, and discuss future research ideas.

British Sociological Association (BSA) and SHAAP one-day Symposium - 22nd April 2016

In partnership with the BSA Alcohol Study Group, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) hosted a one-day interdisciplinary symposium 'How do different disciplines talk about alcohol and how can we work better together?' on 22nd April 2016 in the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

SHAAP/GCU LGBT Seminar at Scottish Parliament - 15th December 2015

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) published a new report, based on research carried out in Glasgow by researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University, “The social context of LGBT people’s drinking in Scotland”. The Parliamentary discussions, facilitated by Jim Eadie MSP, offered the opportunity for MSPs, professionals and members of the public to discuss the research findings directly with the researchers; to engage with members of the LGBT community; and to learn about the LGBT community’s experiences in relation to alcohol. It provided attendees with a better understanding of the social influences behind LGBT people’s alcohol consumption and drinking behaviours and related outcomes.