Tackling Scotland's Alcohol Problem

SHAAP Policy Officer Vacancy

23rd April 2015

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) is seeking to appoint a Policy Officer who is a highly skilled researcher, ideally with some experience of public health and/or in the alcohol field.

SHAAP provides a co-ordinated, coherent and authoritative medical and clinical voice on the need to reduce the impact of alcohol related harm on the health and wellbeing of people in Scotland and how to do this.  SHAAP aims to raise awareness and understanding of alcohol-related health problems with health practitioners, policy makers and the public and also evaluates current research and identifies strategies to reduce alcohol-related health damage, based on the best available evidence.  We work together with key organisations in the alcohol field in Scotland, the rest of the UK and worldwide, in tackling alcohol misuse.

The Policy Officer will be an excellent communicator and administrator and will also have an ability to self-manage and prioritise in a dynamic context.  The key focus of his/her work will be to support SHAAP Alcohol-related advocacy and educational activities through carrying out research, drafting briefing papers, monitoring media and policy activity, providing administrative support and organising events.

£29,815 pro rata (actual £23,852)
28 hours per week

Closing Date: 9.00 am on Monday 11th May 2015.

Interviews: Thursday 28th May 2015.

All applicants are required to submit a completed application form.

Informal enquiries to Eric Carlin, SHAAP Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Completed applications should be returned to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scottish MUP Case, Oral Hearing at European Court of Justice, 6th May 2015

23rd April 2015

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg will hold an oral hearing on 6th May 2015 to consider the Scottish Government's MInimum Unit Pricing legislation, which was enacted in April 2012, but has still to be implemented because of legal challenges from global alcohol producers. 

European Parliament debate, 27th April 2015,calling for new EU Alcohol Strategy

23rd April 2015

On 27th April the European Parliament will debate a resolution that has been proposed by its ENVI (Health & Consumer Affairs) Committee, calling for a new EU Alcohol Strategy, including actions on price and labelling. This call has support from all parties in the ENVI Committee. The last EU Alcohol Strategy finished in 2012. Health advocates are urged to lobby their MEPs to ensure that they are there in the Parliament to vote to support this important measure. 

SHAAP Chairman comments on Diageo's plans to change labelling

24th March 2015

Peter Rice, Chair of SHAAP,  comments on Diageo’s plan to include alcohol content and nutritional information per typical serve on their labeling  - 20thMarch 2015

 “Although I welcome any step in the right direction this is clearly a very limited move from Diageo, who will be aware that health campaigners have been calling for ingredient labelling, health impact messages and nutritional information on alcohol products to bring them into line with other products.”

“It’s disappointing to see that their action is restricted to only one of these requirements. This action after several years of discussion shows the limitations of self-regulation and highlights the need for mandatory guidelines to ensure that consumers are properly informed. What we need to see are clear labels that inform the consumer of the dangers that alcohol poses, alongside a full list of ingredients. This will only happen if we can put in place a legal framework that will ensure that all alcohol sold has a clear warning about what is in the bottle.” 

The European Commission is set to publish a report examining whether all alcoholic beverages should be required to list nutrition information in line with other food and drinks categories. The paper was scheduled to be published in mid-December 2014, but due to internal factors, the Commission has not yet begun the report.

Budget 2015 Press Release

19th March 2015

SHAAP and Alcohol Focus Scotland issue a joint press release condemning the UK Chancellor George Osborne's decision to cut alcohol duty rates in this year's budget -  read it here.

SHAAP, AFS & IAS welcome new Lords report calling for EU Alcohol Strategy

6th March 2015

SHAAP, Alcohol Focus Scotland and the Institute of Alcohol Studies have welcomed a new report from the House of Lords EU Committee. All 3 agencies submitted written and oral evidence. The Lords report calls for a new, evidence-based EU strategy and for the UK government to follow Scotland's lead by introducing MUP legislation.

SHAAP/SARN Alcohol Occasional 18th December 2014

26th February 2015

A summary of the Dr Iain Smith's excellent SHAAP/SARN 'Alcohol Occasional' from December 18th 2014 entitled 'Alcohol Detoxification in Specialist Settings and Mental Health Treatment' is now available at SHAAP/SARN 'Alcohol Occasional' 18th December 2014 - Dr Iain Smith

Research and Policy Briefing No.7 January 2015 now out

3rd February 2015

Research and Policy Briefing No.7 January 2015 now out. Highlights include:

• Alcohol and the Developing Adolescent Brain: Evidence Review
• Minimum Unit Pricing Update
• New Drink Driving Limit: "The Best Advice is None"
• Scottish Health Survey Findings 2013
• Availability of and Need for Specialist Alcohol Treatment Services
• Drinking in Pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
• Alcohol and Cancer, A Guide for Professionals: New Edition Available
• New Licensing Research from Alcohol Focus Scotland
• Nalmefene Recommended by NICE
• SHAAP/SARN Alcohol Occasionals Seminars 2014/5

SHAAP's evidence on EU Alcohol Strategy now available online

2nd February 2015

The official report of the evidence given by SHAAP Director, Eric Carlin to the House of Lords on their enquiry into the EU Alcohol Strategy in November 2014 is now available here.

This evidence session also included evidence from Mariann Skar of Eurocare.

Scotland's Lower Drink Drive Limit FAQS

5th December 2014

As the new lower drink drive limit in Scotland comes into force today, please read our frequetly asked questions here.

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