Tackling Scotland's Alcohol Problem

SHAAP Director Elinor Jayne responds to ONS data on alcohol-specific death rates in the UK

7th December 2021

SHAAP Director Elinor Jayne responds to ONS data on alcohol-specific death rates in the UK.

SHAAP and Alcohol Focus Scotland call for MUP Review

19th November 2021

Widespread support for calls to increase minimum unit price for alcohol to 65p

  • 28 organisations sign up to support Alcohol Focus Scotland and Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems’ calls to increase the minimum unit price

  • Pressure put on Scottish Government during Alcohol Awareness Week       

  • Policy could double lives saved if increased

SHAAP and Scottish Women’s Football announce renewed partnership during Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm

18th November 2021

SHAAP and Scottish Women’s Football announce renewed partnership during Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm

SHAAP Director Elinor Jayne responds to the Autumn Budget 2021

27th October 2021

SHAAP Director Elinor Jayne responds to the Alcohol Duty changes announced by the Chancellor in the Autumn Budget 2021. 

New study published by Public Health Scotland finds minimal change in alcohol-related crime following implementation of MUP

12th October 2021

A new study, published today by Public Health Scotland has shown that the introduction of minimum unit pricing (MUP) in 2018 in Scotland had minimal impact on alcohol-related crime.

Report Launch: 'Alcohol marketing during the Six Nations'

30th September 2021

On Thursday 30 September 2021, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP), the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) and Alcohol Action Ireland (AAI), held an online launch event for the publication of their new 'Alcohol marketing during the 2020 Six Nations Championship' report. The event had around 90 participants and we got to hear Rick Purves and Nathan Critchlow from the Univeristy of Stirling talk about the findings of their report.

Report Launch: SHAAP teams up against NCDs

6th September 2021

SHAAP has joined nine leading Scottish health charities to produce a report Non-Communicable Disease Prevention: Priorities for 2021/22 calling for urgent action on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) caused by health harming products such as alcohol, tobacco and unhealthy foods. 

National Records of Scotland publishes new data on alcohol-specific deaths

17th August 2021

The National Records of Scotland (NRS) have published new data [opens PDF in new window] for alcohol-specific deaths registered in Scotland in 2020. The number of alcohol-specific deaths has increased by 17% to 1,190 in 2020, up from 1,020 in 2019.

Men’s Health Week 2021 - Infographics and resources

14th June 2021

This year's Men's Health Week runs from 14-20 June.

SHAAP are partnering with Men's Health Forum Scotland during Men's Health Week to highlight the high rates of problem drinking in men in Scotland, and the consequently high health burden relating to alcohol.

We have produced infographics based on the latest data for Scotland, and provide resources for cutting down, our SHAAP/IAS Men and Alcohol: Key Issues report and a blog post we commissioned to coincide with Men's Health Week.

The public, leading health experts and politicians back changes to alcohol labelling

11th May 2021

A poll from YouGov asked the public what legal requirements they would like to see for alcohol labelling. The majority asked supported more information being included on labels:

  • 75% want the number of units in a product displayed
  • 61% want calorie information displayed
  • 53% want the amount of sugar displayed

Ninety-four leading health experts, including charities, medical royal colleges and academics, as well as parliamentarians, have written to the Health Secretary calling for improved alcohol labelling.

SHAAP strongly feel that consumers have a #RightToKnow what is in their drink, and we were co-signatories of the letter to Matt Hancock.

Learn more about the YouGov poll and read the letter to the Health Secretary on the Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA) website.

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