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SHAAP welcomes new Chief Medical Officer Alcohol guidelines

8th January 2016

SHAAP has issued a press release welcoming the new guidance from UK Chief Medical Officers, based on evidence, including cancer risks, drinking behaviours and risks in pregnancy. This includes equal weekly limits of 14 units for men and women. The urgency of the need for Alcohol Minimum Pricing is re-emphasised. #MUPsaveslives 

NEW event: Additional Occasional

7th January 2016

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) are delighted to announce an additional seminar in our 2015/16 series of lunchtime seminars:

            Advising pregnant women about alcohol - experiences from cross-cultural  research

            Speaker: Lisa Scholin, Institute of Social Marketing, University of Stirling

            Date: 5th April 2016, 12:30-14:00

In this presentation, the findings from a cross-cultural study on alcohol use in pregnancy are presented. With focus on drinking guidelines and advice in antenatal care, practices and perceptions of drinking in pregnancy were explored among new parents and midwives in England and in Sweden. The presentation will highlight the similarities and differences in the two countries, and their implication for policy and practice.

To attend this event, you must register. You can register for this event via Eventbrite here.

NEW event: SHAAP and BSA one-day symposium 22nd April

6th January 2016

In partnership with the British Sociological Association (BSA) Alcohol Study Group, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) is hosting a one-day interdisciplinary symposium 'How do different disciplines talk about alcohol and how can we work better together?' on 22nd April 2015 in Royal College of Phyisicians of Edinburgh from 10am - 4:30pm.

To register to attend the event, please click on the event title above.

SHAAP welcomes ECJ ruling on MUP

23rd December 2015

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) welcomes the ECJ's ruling on MUP. The ruling states that MUP is justified and legal on health grounds.

Read our press release here.

SHAAP response to Welsh Government MUP Consultation

10th December 2015

SHAAP has submitted a response to the Welsh Government's consultation on the Draft Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) Bill.

In the submission we support the Welsh Government's proposals to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Wales.

NEW: Alcohol and Young People Conference Report

8th December 2015

The report from SHAAP and Holyrood Communications' Alcohol and Young People Conference on 27th August held in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow is now available.

The report highlights the recommendations made by conference delegates which build on the recommendations from SHAAPs 2014 publication Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain: Evidence Review.

NEW: LGBT people's drinking in Scotland report

7th December 2015

SHAAP is pleased to announce the publication of new research into LGBT people's drinking in Scotland. The research was undertaken by researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University and examined how LGBT people experience and understand alcohol consumption in Scotland, as well as analysing their views on stereotypes around LGBT drinking, their perceptions of alcohol advice and services, and barriers which may exist for LGBT groups.

The report of the research findings can be accessed here.

An event to discuss the findings of the research will take place in the Scottish Parliament on 15th December from 6-8 pm.

SHAAP response to EC Excise Duty Consultation

26th November 2015

SHAAP has submitted a response to the European Commission Review of existing legislation on the structures of excise duties on alcohol and alcoholic beverages.

In the response we call for a number of actions including clearer definition of alcohol classification categories and for the protection of health to be one of the main objectives of excise duty policy.

SHAAP/GCU LGBT Seminar 15th December

25th November 2015

SHAAP and researchers from Glasgow Caldeonian University's Sustance Use and Misuse Group are pleased to announce a seminar in the Scottish Parliament on 15th December 2015 from 6-8pm to discuss findings from newly published research on LGBT drinking in Scotland. Jim Eadie MSP is sponsoring the event.

This Parliamentary event is an opportunity to discuss new research about LGBT people's drinking behaviours in Glasgow and the implications for policy and practice.  It will also provide attendees with better understanding of the social influences behind LGBT people’s alcohol consumption and drinking behaviours.

To attend the event please register via Eventbrite here. The event is free to attend.

Research and Policy Briefing No.9 November 2015 now out

25th November 2015

Research and Policy Briefing No.9 now out. Highlights include:

  • Minimum Unit Pricinng update
  • Scottish Health Survey 2015
  • MESAS 2015 Annual update on alcohol sales and price band analysis
  • ISD Alcohol-related hospital admissions
  • IEA Alcohol and the Public Purse report

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