Tackling Scotland's Alcohol Problem

SHAAP Response to House of Lords Inquiry into the EU Alcohol Strategy

1st October 2014

SHAAP has submitted the following response to the House of Lords inquiry into the EU Alcohol Strategy.

SHAAP Research & Policy Briefing, July 2014 now out

22nd July 2014

Highlights include:

  • Licensing: Making the link between availability and harm
  • Licensing: Protecting Public Health
  • WHO 2014 Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health
  • MUP update
  • Alcohol-related harm in Glasgow



SHAAP/SARN Alcohol Occasional discussion from April 2014

22nd July 2014

SHAAP has just published a summary of the discussions of Magda Pieczka's and Emma Wood's AlcoLols project which took place in April this year as part of the SHAAP/SARN ALcohol Occasionals seminar series:

Alcohol Minimum Unit Price - a simple argument

8th July 2014

European Health Advocates - Eurocare, EPHA, BMA & SHAAP - make concise case for Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing. Learn more.

SHAAP welcomes C&C's decision to leave Portman Group

4th June 2014

Eric Carlin, Director, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems, said,

“Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems welcomes the decision made by C&C, owners of Tennent’s lager, to leave the Portman Group following claims that it is dominated by the interests of multi-national companies. We regard this as a brave and principled stance and not the first time the company has taken a position that sets it apart from the multi-national producers; C&C remain committed to minimum unit pricing for alcohol in the Scotland and Ireland. We welcome C& C’s continuing support for minimum unit pricing and share the company’s concerns about the growing power of large multi-national drinks companies.

Scottish Liberal Democrats: Further delay on Minimum Unit Pricing does not serve interests of Scotland's health

30th April 2014

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has hit out at a legal challenge which will result in further delay of plans to implement minimum unit pricing. The Scottish Liberal Democrats have argued that the policy is crucial in tackling Scotland’s unhealthy relationship with alcohol. 

It was announced today that Scottish Whisky Association’s case has now been referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union. The Court of Session judgement could spell a further delay of up to two years. 

Joint statement from Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems and Alcohol Focus Scotland

30th April 2014

In response to today’s judgement from the Court of Session that minimum unit pricing is to be referred to Europe, Dr Evelyn Gillan, Chief Executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland said:

If the appeal judges feel that clarification is needed on technical matters then we can only hope that this process does not drag on. Every week that minimum pricing is delayed, another twenty Scots lose their lives because of alcohol. It is frustrating to see a policy that has been agreed through the democratic process being held up by big business, who care more about protecting profits than the health and wellbeing of the people of Scotland.

Alcohol health body is crisis as four quit over 'conflict of interest' with drinks industry

22nd April 2014

Government ignores complaints that business interests lead licensing group discussion.

Read more here

Big Alcohol, Big Tobacco, Big Influence Seminar, Palace of Westminster

3rd April 2014

Big Alcohol, Big Tobacco, Big Influence Seminar, Palace of Westminster: The Scottish Experience  - 1st April 2014

See Eric Carlin (SHAAP Director) presented on the Scottish Experience of industry influence on public health.

Dr Richard Watson, a GP in Glasgow talking about alcohol harm and the need for minimum pricing

1st April 2014

"..In our practice, I would  say I see the harms related to alcohol not just every working day but every working hour..."

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