Tackling Scotland's Alcohol Problem

SHAAP and AFS respond to the Scotsman story on MUP

16th November 2022

In response to a recent article published by The Scotsman, SHAAP and Alcohol Focus Scotland respond with a letter to the Editor. 

Scottish Premiership own goal: new research reveals higher level of alcohol sponsorship in Scotland’s top flight football teams compared to other European countries

Scottish Premiership own goal: new research reveals higher level of alcohol sponsorship in Scotland’s top flight football teams compared to other European countries

13th November 2022

Ahead of the Scottish Government consulting on plans to restrict alcohol marketing, calls for a ban on alcohol sponsorship of sports are being made, as it is revealed that Scotland has a higher proportion of alcohol industry sponsors in comparison to football leagues in European countries with stricter alcohol marketing restrictions.

SHAAP Chair writes to the Chancellor over alcohol duty

3rd November 2022

SHAAP Chair, Dr Alastair MacGilchrist wrote to the Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt MP, to welcome his decision to increase alcohol duty in line with inflation.

SHAAP comment in response to SNP MSP Emma Roddick’s letter to the Chancellor

1st November 2022

In late October, SNP MSP for Highlands and Islands Emma Roddick urged the new Chancellor to freeze alcohol duty in order to protect the Scotch whisky industry.

Alcohol Occasionals 2023 – Call for proposal submissions

28th October 2022

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) invite researchers to submit their research proposals for the 2023 Alcohol Occasionals series.


SHAAP Chair responds to the Chancellor’s decision not to freeze alcohol duty

19th October 2022

On Monday 17 October 2022, the newly appointed Chancellor Jeremy Hunt, announced a reversal of almost all of the tax measures set out in the Growth Plan that have not been legislated for in parliament.

SHAAP extend partnership with Scottish Women’s Football to support girls’ youth game

7th October 2022

Partnership of Royal Colleges and alcohol experts, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) have renewed their partnership with Scottish Women’s Football for the 2022/23 season.


INEBRIA eve-of-conference event hosted by SHAAP at the RCPE

27th September 2022

On 21st September, as part of the International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Other Drugs (INEBRIA) 2022 conference, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) hosted the opening eve-of-conference event. The INEBRIA 2022 conference took place in Edinburgh from 22nd-23rd September. SHAAP were sponsors of the conference.

Participants wanted - See Beyond. See the Lives. Scotland

20th July 2022

Researchers at the University of Stirling are looking for people to participate in an anti-stigma campaign called ‘See Beyond. See the Lives. Scotland’.

Maree Todd MSP responds to SHAAP's letter about LGBTQ+ people and alcohol services

20th July 2022

After the launch of our latest report "What are LGBTQ+ people’s experiences of alcohol services in Scotland? A qualitative study of service users and service providers", and our successful Parliament event on the 9th of June, 9 MSPs signed our letter to the Minister for Public Health, Women's Health and Sport asking for the LGBTQ+ community to be fully supported by alcohol services, and for the upcoming UK Alcohol Treatment Guidelines to include the LGBTQ+ community as a group with specific needs

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