Tackling Scotland's Alcohol Problem

Public Health: Use of evidence in health inequalities policy

13th March 2014

SHAAP supporters might be interested to know about a conference to be held at the RCPE on 8th May 2014: Public Health: Use of evidence in health inequalities policy.

SHAAP calls on Scottish MPs to maintain alcohol duty escalator

25th February 2014

SHAAP and Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS) have written an open letter to all Scottish MPs urging them to support keeping the alcohol duty escalator in order to save lives and reduce the substantial burden of harm in Scotland and the rest of the UK.


4th February 2014

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) has long been concerned about the link between alcohol and cancer .

This link between diet and lifestyle and cancer has been further highlighted by the World Health Organisation, warning us that we face a global cancer surge if we do not focus on prevention.

New BMA guidance, Alcohol, drugs and the workplace - The role of medical professionals

4th February 2014

The British Medical Association (BMA) has published new guidance, Alcohol, drugs and the workplace – The role of medical professionals, a tool for medical professionals to help patients and employers address alcohol and illicit drugs in the workplace. The full guidance report can be downloaded at https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/occupational-health/alcohol-drugs-and-the-workplace.

Drop in alcohol-related primary care consultations 2012-13

29th January 2014

The alcohol section on the ScotPHO website has been updated to include new data on alcohol-related primary care consultations. These data can be found on the Health Harm page of the ScotPHO alcohol section.

Forthcoming Event: Alcohol Without The Hangover? Using Science to reduce the harms of Alcohol

12th December 2013

Debate and Discussion with Professor David Nutt
17.30 – 19.30, Wednesday, 19th February 2014
At the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 9, Queen Street, Edinburgh

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) are delighted to announce an ‘extra’ to their series of ‘Alcohol Occasional’ free public seminars. On Wednesday, 19th February 2014, Professor David Nutt will talk about his long career in trying to develop new treatments for alcoholism and alcohol damage and his new proposal of replacing alcohol with a ‘safer’ alternative.

Alcohol is responsible for twenty deaths in Scotland every week. In this seminar, we will discuss how new scientific developments may open up the possibility of producing new alcohol products ‘without the hangover’, including exploring the social implications of such moves. This debate has far reaching implications, not only for health professionals but for all individuals and family members affected by and concerned about alcohol-related harms.

Click here for full details

SHAAP Blog....personal reflections from Peter Rice

18th November 2013

One good habit to get into when reading anything about alcohol is to ask what the writer’s angle is, so I’ll declare my interests so you can get your prejudices in place. (And don’t feel bad about making prejudgements. We all do it, especially about things we know something about. It usually saves time.)

Alcohol and Adolescence: SHAAP Parliamentary Reception

9th October 2013

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems – Alcohol and Adolescence
Committee Room 3, Scottish Parliament
5th November 2013 17:30 – 20:00

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) invites you to attend this important event, sponsored by Malcolm Chisholm (MSP), Nanette Milne (MSP) and Aileen McLeod (MSP). 

In September 2013, SHAAP hosted an expert workshop to examine the evidence that alcohol has a unique effect on the developing brain in adolescence and to consider the implications for health promotion and policy. Following this, we have published a summary of key findings.

Join us on the 5th November to discuss the findings of the report, consider the implications for young people, carers and all those who work with and support young people

We anticipate a stimulating evening of debate. Refreshments available. 

Please RSVP to Anne-Marie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 30th October 2013. Places are limited so please reply as soon as possible to reserve a place.

SHAAP Reception, 
Committee Room 3, Scottish Parliament, 
17:30 – 20:00 5th November 2013


9th October 2013

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) are delighted to announce the start of a series of lunchtime ‘Alcohol Occasional’ seminars to showcase new and innovative research on alcohol use. 

All the seminars will be run in conjunction with the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and will take place from 12.30 – 14.00 at their historic premises at 9, Queen Street Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ. Lunch will be provided.

These events will provide the chance for researchers, practitioners and policy makers and members of the public to hear about new alcohol related topics and discuss and debate implications for policy and practice.

The theme for the first year of the seminars is “Alcohol and Young People”. Seminars in October and December 2013 are as follows.

2013 Programme

31st October 2013 Jemma Lennox (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow) 'You want people to say you have a fun life': The role of alcohol in young adults' identity creation on Facebook

19th December 2013 Dr Carly Lightowlers (John Moore’s University, Liverpool) The role of attitudes in shaping alcohol consumption and violent behaviour amongst young people in England and Wales

We are currently drafting the programme for the 2014 events but please put the following dates in your diary: 27th February, 24th April, 26th June 2014. If you are interested in presenting your own research, please get in touch with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Important: Places for all events are strictly limited and we need you to confirm if you would like to attend these events. You can do this by emailing Anne-Marie Barry on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm. If you have not booked, you will not have a place.

Doug Sellman (Alcohol Action NZ) comes to SHAAP

1st October 2013

Prof Doug Sellman (Director, National Addiction Centre Aotearoa New Zealand) joined talked to a small audiance of public health advocacy groups in an event jointly hosted with Alcohol Focus Scotland and the British Medical Association.

Click here to see his presentation.

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