SHAAP/SARN 'Alcohol Occasional' Seminar, 27th February 2017

'Alcohol admissions and health inequalities: is the tide finally turning?'

Neil Martin, Research and Information Manager for Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, presented research looking at the impact of inequalities on the healthcare system based on alcohol-specific hospital admissions from 2006 - 2015 covering 326 local authorities in England. Data showed an increase in such admissions, broken down into condition, gender and geographic region and Martin discussed their impact on NHS resources and life expectancy.

SHAAP/SARN 'Alcohol Occasional' Seminar, 24th January 2017

'How inclusive are we? A trans perspective on alcohol and drug misuse in Scotland'

Vic Valentine and Oceana Maund, of the Scottish Transgender Alliance, presented this seminar. Maund gave a testimonial about her experience of being a trans woman who has also faced alcohol and prescription drugs addition, and Valentine presented the details of the findings of a survey conducted by the Scottish Trans Alliance into transgender inclusion in drug and alcohol services.

SHAAP/SARN 'Alcohol Occasional' Seminar, 5th December 2016

'Does harm from drinking differ by socioeconomic status? Exploring the alcohol harm paradox'

Dr S Vittal Katikireddi, Senior Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant in Public Health, MSC/SCO, Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, began his presentation by defining the alcohol paradox and presented a range of hypotheses to explain it. Survey data shows that individuals in lower socioeconomic status groups consume alcohol at similar levels to their counterparts in higher socioeconomic groups; however, those lower socioeconomic status individuals suffer greater harm from this consumption – this is the alcohol harm paradox. Dr Katikireddi then presented findings from his current research which aimed to offer some explanations for the alcohol harm paradox.

Report of SHAAP/SARN 'Alcohol Occasional' seminar held at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh on 5th December 2016.

SHAAP and partners' recommendations for new Alcohol Strategy

A report published today by SHAAP, Alcohol Focus Scotland, BMA Scotland and Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs contains a comprehensive set of policies aimed at curbing Scotland’s alcohol problem and addressing the associated health inequalities.

The report precedes the publication this summer of the Scottish Government’s ‘refresh’ of its 2009 strategy, Changing Scotland’s Relationship with Alcohol: A Framework for Action.Scotland continues to have the highest level of alcohol consumption and harm in the UK. One million Scots drink above the recommended guidelines, and 22 Scots die because of alcohol every single week – twice the rate of the 1980s. The Scottish Government has cut direct funding for alcohol and drug prevention, treatment and support services by 22%, leaving the NHS to plug the gap.

The partner agencies have also issued a related press release.

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