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80 Organisations Sign Open Letter to Health, Social Care and Sport Committee

18th March 2024

Over 80 organisations come together in unprecedented move in support of raising the minimum unit price for alcohol to 65p

Alcohol Occasionals 2024 – Call for research proposals

6th November 2023

Alcohol Occasionals 2024 – Call for research proposals (theme: Transforming Scotland’s Relationship with Alcohol)

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) invite researchers to submit their research proposals for the 2024 SHAAP/SARN Alcohol Occasionals series.

 

Alcohol- and drug-related deaths: MSPs from different parties unite in call for compassion and kindness

29th September 2023

In recognition of the impact on those left behind when someone they love dies because of alcohol and drugs, MSPs used a debate on See Beyond – See the Lives – Scotland in the Scottish Parliament this week to call for more compassion and support.

SHAAP comment on Sheffield Alcohol Research Group new Minimum Unit Pricing modelling report

20th September 2023
 
Today, The University of Sheffield released a new report, which highlights the need for MUP to be increased so its benefits are not lost to inflation. 
 

SHAAP comment on the consultation for the continuation of Minimum Unit Pricing legislation beyond 30 April 2024

20th September 2023

Today the Scottish Government have launched a public consultation on their proposal to continue Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) policy and to adjust its level to 65p per unit.

Calling Time: campaign to ban alcohol sport sponsorship partners with Scottish Masters Cup

7th September 2023
 
The Calling Time campaign, which calls for a ban on alcohol sponsorship of Scottish sport, has been announced as an official sponsor of the 2023 Scottish Masters Cup
 

National Records of Scotland publishes new data on alcohol-specific deaths for 2022

29th August 2023
 
 Today the National Records of Scotland (NRS) have published new data [opens PDF in new window] for alcohol-specific deaths registered in Scotland in 2022. The number of alcohol-specific deaths has increased by 2% to 1,276 in 2022, up from 1,245 in 2021.
 

Alcohol duty rise will save lives

1st August 2023

Lives will be saved as a result of changes to the UK’s alcohol duty system, coming into effect today (August 1st). Alcohol duty will be increased in line with inflation and the duty system is going to be based on alcoholic strength.

Medical experts call for new service to save lives of alcohol frequent hospital attenders

26th July 2023

New research with people who are repeatedly hospitalised due to alcohol (Alcohol Frequent Attenders – AFAs) highlights the need for improved services. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of the West of Scotland alongside medical colleagues at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Renfrewshire and was commissioned by expert alcohol medical group, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP).

Final report on the evaluation of MUP shows the policy has prevented hundreds of deaths

27th June 2023

The final report on the evaluation of alcohol shows that minimum unit pricing (MUP) has saved hundreds of lives and reduced overall consumption. 

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