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18th Nov 2020

SHAAP launches manifesto calling for policies to tackle Scotland's alcohol problem ahead of the 2021 Scottish Parliament election New!

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) has launched their manifesto for the 2021 Scottish Parliament election. This manifesto makes clear that because alcohol-related harm has implications for multiple other areas of physical and mental health, tackling Scotland's alcohol problem will not only ensure that fewer people die each year because of alcohol, but will also strengthen the long-term resilience and responsiveness of Scotland's NHS and care services, and provide the foundation for a strong wellbeing economy in the future.

12th Nov 2020

SHAAP and the University of Edinburgh launch new report exploring refugees' experiences of harmful alcohol use New!

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the University of Edinburgh School of Health in Social Science have launched a new report exploring the factors influencing harmful alcohol use through the refugee journey. Drawing on interviews with people with current experience of seeking asylum in the UK, this report sheds important light on a little understood topic, and highlights how refugees and asylum seekers who do experience harmful alcohol use in the UK do not arrive with these issues, but develop them as a result of destitution, or being placed under a condition of 'No Recourse to Public Funds' (NRPF).

24th Sep 2020

SHAAP launches new report on understanding alcohol use in rural areas

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) has launched a new report on understanding alcohol use in rural areas. The Rural Matters report brings together findings from community consultations and qualitative interviews with healthcare professionals, service providers, recovery community members and fellowship members working and living in rural and remote areas of Scotland, and makes recommendations for research, policy and practice.

17th Sep 2020

SHAAP and IAS launch new report on Men and Alcohol

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) have launched a new report presenting key findings and recommendations for policy and practice from their 2019/2020 Men and Alcohol seminar series.

16th Jul 2020

New WHO report backs alcohol pricing policies, including minimum unit pricing (MUP)

SHAAP has welcomed a new report from World Health Organization (WHO) Europe, which describes evidence to support pricing policies, including Scotland's minimum unit pricing (MUP) policy, as 'extremely robust'.

16th Jul 2020

SHAAP welcomes drop in alcohol sales in the wake of MUP, but warns against complacency

SHAAP responds to Public Health Scotland (PHS)'s release of the latest in a series of studies evaluating the impact of minimum unit pricing (MUP) on population level alcohol consumption.

26th Mar 2020

SHAAP issues new guidance to support people with alcohol problems in COVID pandemic

SHAAP has today issued recommendations for people with alcohol-related problems and the services supporting them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

4th Mar 2020

SHAAP/AFS Press release for 'Time to blow the whistle on alcohol sports sponsorship'

Press release accompanying the new AFS/SHAAP report on research by Stirling University into alcohol sponsorship in sport in Scotland.

19th Feb 2020

Europe's Beating Cancer Plan

Prevention is the foundation of public health policy and central to protecting and improving people’s health and well-being. Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan is a key opportunity to put prevention at the heart of the EU’s health agenda. SHAAP and Eurocare contributed to the plan as members of EPHA.

3rd Feb 2020

'Stand up and tell me your story' - Press release 03 Feb 2020

7th Nov 2019

Minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland

John D Rooney & Eric Carlin argue in a BMJ Editorial that the rest of the UK should follow Scotland's lead on minimum unit pricing.

1st Nov 2019

New SHAAP guide highlights cancer risks from alcohol and how health professionals can help

Read our press release on publication of SHAAP's updated 'Alcohol and Cancer Risks: A Guide for Health Professionals', endorsed by Scotland's Chief Medical Officer Dr Catherine Calderwood, with recommendations for health professionals on how to raise awareness of this link within the wider population.

7th Mar 2019

SHAAP sponsors Scottish Women's Football National Performance League

9th May 2018

The MUP Story - how Scotland became the first country in the world to introduce Minimum Unit Pricing

1st May 2018

Medical professions welcome Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing in Scotland

21st Mar 2018

Stereotypes about women's drinking branded unfair and unhelpful

1st Feb 2018

New figures from NHS Health Scotland show the need for more action to reduce alcohol-attributable deaths and hospital admissions - Press release 1st February 2018

15th Nov 2017

Scottish health professions celebrate final legal victory, clearing the way for implementation of Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) legislation

15th Oct 2017

National launch of 'Alcohol-related Liver Disease: Guidance for Good Practice - Press release 24th October 2017

26th Jul 2017

SHAAP awaits MUP Supreme Court decision - Press release 26th Jul 2017