Tackling Scotland's Alcohol Problem

Scottish Doctors and Health Advocates welcome Court of Session judgement on Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing

7th May 2013

Doctors and health campaigners today welcomed the Court of Session judgement that, contrary to efforts by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and other alcohol industry partners to block the implementation of Minimum Unit Pricing of Alcohol in Scotland, the measure falls within the competence of the Scottish Parliament and is compatible with EU law.

Dr Peter Rice, Chair of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP), said,

“We urge the Scottish Government to move quickly to implement this important legislation. In parallel, the alcohol industry needs to desist from efforts to block the implementation of this evidence-based policy”.

“The cost of alcohol relative to incomes is a crucial determinant in rates of harm. This is why the cost of alcohol needs to be regulated. The measures Scotland is taking have been supported by health bodies throughout the world. The alcohol industry should drop their opposition to minimum unit price, accept democratically determined controls and stop putting private profit ahead of public health.”


15th April 2013

Latest Scottish Government statement on MUP

Minimum Unit Pricing is essential for reducing alcohol-related harm in Scotland. This view is supported by the Scottish Parliament, the public health community, the Police, children’s charities and much of civic Scotland. The legislation embodies the pre-eminence that the European Treaties place on health and the life of humans, and the recognition that it is for the Member States to determine the level of protection which they wish to afford to public health and the way in which that level is to be achieved.

Scottish Cancer Prevention Network Latest Newsletter

27th March 2013

SCPN Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 1 inlcudes a summary of the SHAAP report on Cancer and Alcohol. Go to http://www.cancerpreventionscotland.co.uk/newsletters/

SHAAP welcomes proposed changes to drink drive laws

21st March 2013

The news that the Scottish Government plans to reduce the drink drive limit will be welcomed by most Scots. The majority (74%) of those who contributed to the recent government consultation agreed that the limit should be reduced to 50 mg per 100 ml of blood. This is long overdue and in line with most other EU countries; not unfortunately with England.

Majority in favour of reducing the drink drive limit in Scotland

21st March 2013

Reducing the Drink Driving Limit in Scotland

Most respondents said that drink driving limits should be reduced in Scotland; 102 (74%) said yes, 33 (24%) said no. 

There was widespread agreement with the Scottish Government proposal for a reduction in the blood limit, an equivalent reduction in the breath limit and an equivalent reduction in the urine limit. Of the 102 respondents who supported a reduction in the drink drive limits, 89 respondents (87%) said 'yes' and 11 (11%) disagreed. 

The main consequences envisaged for these proposals were fewer road accidents, fewer casualties and the reduced risk of road accidents. 

SHAAP responds to Further Options for Alcohol Licensing

19th March 2013

SHAAP has responded to the Scottish Government consultation paper on Further Options for Alcohol Licensing.

Unhealthy drinking widespread around the world, CAMH study shows

6th March 2013

The global burden of disease and injury attributable to alcohol is large and growing. In 2010, it wasresponsible for 5.5 per cent of this overall burden, third after high blood pressure and tobacco smoking, among 67 risk factors overall. Full report in the March edition of Addiction.

SHAAP has prepared a response to Department of Health’s Review of the Balance of Competencies: Health published in November 2012

27th February 2013

See a copy of our response.

Alcohol use disorders: harmful drinking and alcohol dependence Evidence Update – January 2013

31st January 2013

The new Evidence Update focuses on a summary of selected new evidence relevant to NICE clinical guideline 115 ‘Alcohol use disorders: diagnosis, assessment and management of harmful drinking and alcohol dependence’ (2011).

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