Tackling Scotland's Alcohol Problem

New Guidance issued for COVID-19 and people with alcohol related problems

26th March 2020

Today, SHAAP has issued new recommendations for services supporting people with alcohol-related problems in the context of COVID-19.

Those who will find the new recommendations useful include Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs), Commissioners, Alcohol Service Managers, Community Services and Mutual Aid and Support Groups. The recommendations are aimed at enabling services to reduce risks whilst ensuring continued support in the context of COVID-19.

SHAAP working arrangements from 17/03/2020

17th March 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the SHAAP team will be working from home until further notice from today. 

Our partners, colleagues and anyone wishing to contact us can still do so in the usual way, via email and mobile phones, and we shall respond to any enquiries as soon as we are able to. Information regarding our ongoing work can also be found on our 'Our Work' pages on this website. 

'Time to blow the whistle on alcohol sponsorship in sports' - new research out today

4th March 2020

Today, Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS) and Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) have published a new report on research by Stirling University's Institute of Social Marketing and Health.

The research explores the extent, nature and frequency of alcohol advertising in professional football and rugby unions in Scotland, and provides recommendations on how to mitigate the negative influence of this advertising, espeically for young people. The full background research report from Stirling University is also available.

FYFA infographics: Focus on Youth, Football & Alcohol reports out now

19th February 2020

The FYFA project, co-funded by the EU and Scottish Government, has conducted research into attitudes to under-age drinking and alcohol policies in football among young people aged 13-15 years. In addition to seeking young people's views, the project researchers asked club managers, stakeholders and policy makers in six European countries for their views on alcohol policies and sport at international, national and local level. SHAAP and our partner Eurocare contributed to the project.

Infographics summarising the outcomes of the project are now available to view, and you can visit the FYFA website here: https://www.fyfaproject.eu/

Europe's Beating Cancer Plan

19th February 2020

Prevention is the foundation of public health policy and central to protecting and improving people’s health and well-being. Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan is a key opportunity to put prevention where it belongs - at the heart of the European Union's (EU) health agenda. SHAAP and our partner Eurocare contributed to the plan as members of EPHA.

Read our joint statement.

SHAAP response to AHA Commission on Alcohol Harm

18th February 2020

Read SHAAP's response to the Alcohol Health Alliance's 2020 Commission on Alcohol Harm.

'Stand up and tell me your story': Video of new report on lived/living experience available to view

4th February 2020

The video and report of SHAAP's new research on lived/living experience was launched on 4th February 2020 at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and are now available to view and read here: https://www.shaap.org.uk/our-work/recovery.html

NEW! Alcohol and Cancer Risks: A Guide for Health Professionals

4th November 2019

On October 25, 2019 SHAAP released their updated publication 'Alcohol and Cancer: A Guide for Health Professionals'. The new guide has been welcomed by Scotland's Chief Medical Officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood:

"This is a fantastic resource for all health colleagues, and I encourage everyone to use it in conversations with their patients. As the Scottish Government's Alcohol Framework recognises, the link between alcohol and cancer is not sufficiently well known. Initiatives to raise awareness about cancer and alcohol are really important for our population health, and I'm delighted to support this work from SHAAP."

Read the brochure here

MUP One year on: read the latest impact assessments

17th October 2019

Read NHS Health Scotland's 2019 reports assessing different impacts of Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol since it was introduced in Scotland last year:

- on Alcohol Sales: http://www.healthscotland.scot/media/2587/mesas-monitoring-report-2019.pdf

- on Compliance within retail sector: http://www.healthscotland.scot/publications/minimum-unit-pricing-evaluation-compliance-study

- on impacts on the alcohol industry: Read the report by Frontier Economics

Alcohol Occasional July 2019: 'Heineken in Africa'

9th May 2019

SHAAP and SARN (Scottish Alcohol Research Network) held a very successful extra 'Alcohol Occasional' event on July 9th at RCP Edinburgh, featuring Dutch investigative journalist Olivier van Beemen who introduced his latest book: 'Heineken in Africa: a multinational unleashed'.

Watch an interview with the author.

Read the report

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