Tackling Scotland's Alcohol Problem

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

11th November 2020

On Tuesday 10 November 2020, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the University of Edinburgh School of Health in Social Science held an online launch event for over 60 people for their new report: Exploring the factors that influence harmful alcohol use through the refugee journey: a qualitative study. We were delighted to welcome the authors of the report, Dr Fiona Cuthill and Dr Steph Grohmann as speakers at the event, as well as Michelle Major from Homeless Network Scotland, and Mahdi Saki from Glasgow Night Shelter for Destitute Asylum Seekers, who both gave remarks.

WHO publishes new CIS 'First Movers' alcohol policies report

20th October 2020

WHO Regional Office for Europe has today published a new report highlighting the main outcomes of a first WHO workshop on the implementation of alcohol policies in the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). CIS countries can be seen as the "first movers" in implementing the most cost-effective policies to reduce alcohol consumption and alcohol-attributable harms in the WHO European Region. Their contribution is crucial to reaching the noncommunicable disease (NCD) target of a 10% reduction in the harmful use of alcohol by 2025.

SHAAP launches new 'Rural Matters' report

24th September 2020

On Wednesday 23rd September 2020, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) held an online launch event for the publication of our new Rural Matters report. The event had around 90 people participating, and we were delighted to welcome Nick Smith (Alcohol and Drug National Support Manager, Scottish Government), Katie Spence (Orkney ADP Coordinator) and Becky Wood (Recovery Development Worker, Forth Valley) to give remarks prior to the presentation of the report by Jackie MacDiarmid (SHAAP).

SHAAP joins forces with 9 health charities to launch manifesto for NCD prevention

17th September 2020

SHAAP has joined forces with 9 health charities to launch a manifesto for action on preventing Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) ahead of the 2021 Scottish Parliament election. NCDs include cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and lung disease, and cause almost 39,000 deaths every year in Scotland. However, many of these deaths are preventable through action that addresses risk-factors such as how much alcohol people drink. Ahead of the 2021 Scottish Parliament election, it is crucial that political parties take action to tackle these risk factors. The NCD prevention manifesto includes policy calls that rest on strong evidence, and that can help reduce the consumption of alcohol, tobacco and unhealthy food and drink. 

SHAAP and IAS launch 'Men and Alcohol: Key Issues' report

14th September 2020

On Wednesday 9th September 2020, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) held an online launch event for the publication of our final Men and Alcohol report: Men and Alcohol: Key Issues. The event was extremely well attended, and featured cameos by previous speakers from the highly successful 2019/2020 SHAAP/IAS Men and Alcohol seminar series.

SHAAP prepares briefing in advance of Scottish Government debates on COVID-19 (June 2020)

9th June 2020

SHAAP has prepared a briefing in advance of the Scottish Government debates on COVID-19, happening on June 2 (Next Steps: NHS and the Economy) and June 9 (Next Steps: Communities) 2020. The briefing covers the impact of COVID-19 on alcohol treatment and support for recovery, as well as alcohol consumption more generally, and includes recommendations for achieving long-term public health goals as we look towards a 'new normal' post-lockdown.

SHAAP redesigns guidance to support people with alcohol problems during the COVID-19 pandemic

12th May 2020

SHAAP have redesigned their guidance for heavy drinkers who are thinking about cutting back or stopping drinking alcohol during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has the same information as our advice published in April, but in a more accessible format. You can access the more visually engaging guidance document here. It is also available through the NHS inform website as part of their information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and alcohol.

WHO fact sheet: Alcohol and Covid-19: What you need to know

15th April 2020

The World Health Organization have produced a new fact sheet debunking myths about alcohol 'preventing' corona virus.

The fact sheet provides very clear guidance about the risks of alcohol consumption to your health at any time, including during the COVID-19 pandemic, and includes tips about how to regulate consumption during the pandemic, to make sure that you are looking after your health.

Scottish Government Covid-19 advice tailored to specific conditions

9th April 2020

COVID-19: What you need to know.

The Scottish Government has released tailored COVID-19 advice for people living with specific medical conditions. These include: cancer, diabetes, heart disease, IBD; chronic kidney and liver disease; dermatological, neurological (specific) opthalmic, respiratory and rheumatic conditions, chronic pain, and rare diseases. You can get up to date and read the guidance here.

Great 'Food & Nutrition' tips from WHO to help you through COVID-19!

2nd April 2020

The World Health Organization has published "food and and nutrition tips during self-quarantine" for individuals and families in contexts where self-quarantine has been recommended or required.

Eating well and taking care of your health is important, especially when you need your immune system to be at its best. It is also really important to remain physically active, even if you are staying at home. Read the guidance to help keep yourself and your loved ones fit and healthy throughout the corona virus outbreak!

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