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Eric Carlin: Bid to block MUP will be defeated

5th September 2015

Eric Carlin in The National on the ECJ MUP opinion, social justice and being optimistic.

Peter Rice: Minimum Price needed now

5th September 2015

Peter Rice in The Herald: If we want to help those affected by their own  and others' drinking we need minimum price.

SHAAP & Medical Professions welcome ECJ Advocate General opinion

3rd September 2015

SHAAP and the medical professions in Scotland have welcomed the published opinion of the European Court of Justice Advocate General about Scotland's MUP case. It is clear that there is no European legal impediment to implementation.

Brussels Press Conference as European Opinion on MUP made public

2nd September 2015

SHAAP is hosting a press conference in Brussels tomorrow to respond to the opinion of the European Court of Justic Advocate General's opinion on Scotland's Minimum Unit Price (MUP) policy. SHAAP and our partners in Scotland and overseas have championed MUP policy. We hope that the outcome tomorrrow will be positive and clear and  that global alcohol producers will cease blocking the policy's implementation.

Research and Policy Briefing No.8 August 2015 now out

11th August 2015

Research and Policy Briefing No.8 now out. Highlights include:

  • OECD Report
  • ECJ MUP Hearing May 6th 2015
  • European Alcohol and Health Forum and EU Alcohol Strategy
  • House of Lords European Committee Report: 'A new EU Alcohol Strategy?'
  • New SAB Miller-funded Report by DEMOS

Dr Aisha Holloway Occasional online

11th August 2015

Dr Aisha Holloway from the University of Edinburgh spoke at SHAAP's 2015 Alcohol Occasional seminar series about her work on the use of photovoice as a methodology with people suffering the consequences of alcohol-related harm - a summary of her presentation's key findings may be found here.

EU Health Commissioner opens door to NGOs

31st July 2015

Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis has written today to the Health NGOs who had signed a letter
of resignation from the European Alcohol & Health Forum to re-engage. Recognising the conflicts of interests between Health NGOs and industry representatives, he proposes "to convene parallel discussions of the Forum members based on their core business...back-to-back sessions, one for Health related organisations, and one for industry stakeholders".

New Alcohol Research UK Edinburgh and Glasgow study

30th July 2015

SHAAP has produced a summary of this important study by Professor Jonathan Chick and Dr Jan Gill which came out yesterday, looking at the purchasing behaviour of individuals with alcohol-related conditions in NHS settings in Glasgow and Edinburgh. It examined the relationship between heavy drinking and price and deprivation in each city and analysed the effect of current and proposed legislation on their drinking behaviours. The final report and summary can be accessed here.

Dr. Evelyn Gillan - A tribute from Dr. Bruce Ritson of SHAAP

29th July 2015

tribute from Dr Bruce Ritson on behalf of SHAAP marking the sad passing of Evelyn, our friend and colleague. Evelyn died on Tuesday 14th July 2015.  Her death at the young age of 55 represents a great loss to family, friends and all those who worked with her. She was Director of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) from 2007 until 2010, when she moved to become Chief Executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland where she continued to work closely with SHAAP.

Call for Presentations at Alcohol Occasionals

29th July 2015

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) are pleased to announce a Call for Proposals to present at our lunchtime ‘Alcohol Occasional’ seminars. These showcase innovative research on alcohol use and provide the chance for researchers, practitioners and policy makers and members of the public to hear and discuss alcohol related topics, over lunch in the historic Royal College of Physicians in Queen Street, Edinburgh. Click here for further information.

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