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Next Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) Meeting - 12th May

14th April 2016

The next Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) meeting will be held on Thursday 12th May 2016 at University of Dundee in the Dalhousie building. The draft agenda can be accessed here.

If you would like to attend this meeting, please confirm your attendance to either Andrew Symon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Vic Troy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Monday 2nd May.

Please note, parking at the University can be diffcult, so if you require a parking permit, please let Andrew Symon know as soon as possible.

Skar Alcohol Occasional online

14th April 2016

Mariann Skar, Secretary General of Eurocare (The European Alcohol Policy Alliance), spoke at SHAAP's 2015/16 Alcohol Occasional seminar series about alcohol labelling in Europe. In her talk, Skar provided a brief overview of Eurocare and outlined some of the challenges facing the alcohol policy community in Europe with regards to product labelling. Across Europe, there are high levels of public support for nutritional information on product labels and the current legislative environment offers an opportunity to disseminate health information to consumers. Going forward, there remains important questions about how consumers respond to health labelling and crucially, how public health advocates counteract the effects of high levels of spending on advertising by the alcohol industry - a summary of her presentation's key points can be found here.

Dr Richard Cooke Alcohol Occasional online

12th April 2016

Dr Richard Cooke, Department of Psychology at Aston University, Birmingham, spoke at SHAAP's 2015/16 Alcohol Occasional Seminar series about his work on the CALIBRATE project - a European survey of University student alcohol use. He outlined the background to CALIBRATE and presented findings from his own research. Social motivations for drinking were most common and students displayed a clear preference for educational rather than restrictive alcohol control strategies. Cooke concluded his talk by clarifying that his results provide findings from a sample of students at a particular point in time. He would like to extend this study to other universities and to other countries - a summary of his presentation's key points can be found here.

SHAAP response to CMO new drinking guidelines consultation

24th March 2016

SHAAP has submitted a response to the UK Department of Health's Consultation on the Chief Medical Officers' (CMO) new drinking guidelines. We also submitted an extended response.

In our response we support the guidelines and call for further action on price, availability and marketing.

Letter from First Minister thanking SHAAP for continued support

17th March 2016

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) received a letter from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon thanking us for our continued support in tackling alcohol misuse in Scotland.

The letter came in response to the publication of SHAAP's Top 20 recommendations for action on alcohol, which was sent directly to the First Minister, all MSPs and all Scottish MPs.

Call for posters to present at PhD symposium

17th March 2016

 

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP), in collaboration with the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN), are holding a one-day symposium for postgraduate students and early career researchers in Scotland who are interested in alcohol-related research. The symposium will be held at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh on 18th April.

We welcome all delegates to submit a poster, which will be displayed during the event. If you would like to present a poster at the Symposium, please contact Jennifer Fingland (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 11th April. 

 

Peter Rice on alcohol excise duties in The Herald

16th March 2016

Peter Rice, SHAAP's Chair responds here to some Scottish politicians' support for reducing excise duty on whisky (which, 'de facto', would include cheap vodkas.)

We call for reduction in children's alcohol advertising exposure

26th February 2016

BMA Scotland, SHAAP, Alcohol Focus Scotland and Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs have joined together to call on Scotland’s politicians to pledge to do more to reduce the exposure of children to alcohol advertising. They have issued the following press release today.

SHAAP's Top 20: A Manifesto for Action on Alcohol

11th February 2016

Today, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) launches its manifesto for action on alcohol ahead of the upcoming Holyrood election in May.

SHAAP's Top Twenty: A Manifesto for Action on Alcohol outlines our Top 20 policy recommendations for action on alcohol. These recommendations mark our renewed commitment to work with partners to reduce and prevent alcohol-related harms. In the manifesto we call for action on price, availability and marketing.

A press release to accompany the publication can be accessed here.

Joint SHAAP/AFS Comment on Scottish MUP case

28th January 2016

Following today's Procedural Hearing in the Inner Court of Session in Scotland to consider the opinion of the European Court of Justice in relation to Scotland's MUP policy, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS) have released a press statement commenting on the ruling.

Both organisations welcome the Court's decision to collect more evidence.

Read our full press statement here.

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