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New alcohol-related hospital admission stats released

14th October 2015

ISD Scotland have released their latest round of statistics for alcohol-related hospital admissions.

The lastest figures for 2014/15 show a continuation of the downward trend in hosptial admissions since 2007/08, with 35,069 alcohol-related acute hospital admissions. Despite this downward trend, the rate of admissions for more chronic conditions, such as alcohol-related liver disease and alcohol psychosis, have remained stable or increased.

Individuals in the most deprived communities are eight times more likely than individuals in the least deprived communities to have an alcohol-related hosptial admission.

Read the full report here.

SHAAP/SARN Alcohol Occasionals 2015/16

14th September 2015

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) are pleased to announce our programme for the 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. The theme for this seminar series, from October 2015, is ‘Alcohol, Europe and the World’.

These events are popular and places are limited. We need you to confirm if you would like to attend these events. To register to attend an event, please click here and follow the link for each event.

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.

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