Tackling Scotland's Alcohol Problem

To the Scotch Whisky Association: Stop fighting minimum pricing

1st April 2014

It is now one year to the day when minimum unit pricing should have been introduced in Scotland. Yet still we wait for this vital public health policy, supported by the Scottish Parliament, to come into force. It has been delayed because the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is fighting its implementation every step of the way. Why? Because they know it will work.  

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Response to the Chancellor’s announcement that alcohol duty will be frozen for spirits and cider, and cut for beer, from Alcohol Focus Scotland and Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP)

19th March 2014

Dr Evelyn Gillan, Chief Executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland said: 

“It is so disappointing that the Chancellor and other politicians have once again listened to the alcohol industry rather than the people working to reduce alcohol harm and improve public health. We know that cheap alcohol cost lives - twenty lives every week in Scotland. The ban on below cost selling in England will be completely ineffective, so it was vital that the alcohol duty escalator was maintained. 

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

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