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‘Mortality among a cohort of heavy drinkers in Edinburgh & Glasgow’: New report

20th July 2017

News Release issued today on behalf of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and Edinburgh Napier University.

A new report carried out by Edinburgh Napier University for SHAAP into early mortality of heavy drinkers in Scotland  is launched today. The study shows the extent of early death within a group of 600 patients, with over 100 of them dying around 25 years earlier than the normal life expectancy in Scotland; and notes the significant consumption of cheap alcohol, particularly vodka and white cider in this group. This report is particularly relevant, in view of the Scotch Whisky Association's renewed challenge on minimum unit pricing at the UK Supreme Court next week.

Public Launch of two Alcohol Brief Interventions reports

22nd June 2017

News Release issued today on behalf of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP), Institute for Social Marketing - University of Stirling, University of Newcastle and University of Edinburgh

Two new reports (see links) to be launched at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh today highlight the important role that GPs have in raising the issue of alcohol use in GP consultations. The reports, ‘Practice and attitudes of General Practitioners in the delivery of Alcohol Brief Interventions in Scotland’ and ‘Financial incentives for Alcohol Brief Interventions in Primary Care in Scotland’ discuss challenges relating to the central role that GPs can play in raising the sensitive issue of alcohol use with patients to prevent and reduce harms, and the role that incentives such as financial payments and sufficient support for training for primary care staff can play in ensuring effective interventions.

'Foul play?' Report launched on alcohol marketing in UEFA 2016

27th April 2017

News Release issued today on behalf of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP), Institute for Social Marketing - University of Stirling, the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS), and Alcohol Action Ireland

A report launched today at the 'European Healthy Stadia' conference at the Emirates Stadium highlights how alcohol producers bent the rules designed to protect children during the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament. Researchers at the Institute for Social Marketing, University of Stirling, found over 100 alcohol marketing references per televised match programme, mostly in highly visible places, such as pitch-side advertising during the matches. This despite the fact that the tournament was held in France, where alcohol TV advertising and sports sponsorship is banned under the ‘Loi Évin’. Read the report

SHAAP/SARN 'Alcohol Occasional' Seminar, 27th February 2017

24th April 2017

'Alcohol admissions and health inequalities: is the tide finally turning?'

Neil Martin, Research and Information Manager for Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, presented research looking at the impact of inequalities on the healthcare system based on alcohol-specific hospital admissions from 2006 - 2015 covering 326 local authorities in England. Data showed an increase in such admissions, broken down into condition, gender and geographic region and Martin discussed their impact on NHS resources and life expectancy.

SHAAP/SARN 'Alcohol Occasional' Seminar, 24th January 2017

19th April 2017

'How inclusive are we? A trans perspective on alcohol and drug misuse in Scotland'

Vic Valentine and Oceana Maund, of the Scottish Transgender Alliance, presented this seminar. Maund gave a testimonial about her experience of being a trans woman who has also faced alcohol and prescription drugs addition, and Valentine presented the details of the findings of a survey conducted by the Scottish Trans Alliance into transgender inclusion in drug and alcohol services.

SHAAP/SARN 'Alcohol Occasional' Seminar, 5th December 2016

13th April 2017

'Does harm from drinking differ by socioeconomic status? Exploring the alcohol harm paradox'

Dr S Vittal Katikireddi, Senior Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant in Public Health, MSC/SCO, Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, began his presentation by defining the alcohol paradox and presented a range of hypotheses to explain it. Survey data shows that individuals in lower socioeconomic status groups consume alcohol at similar levels to their counterparts in higher socioeconomic groups; however, those lower socioeconomic status individuals suffer greater harm from this consumption – this is the alcohol harm paradox. Dr Katikireddi then presented findings from his current research which aimed to offer some explanations for the alcohol harm paradox.

Report of SHAAP/SARN 'Alcohol Occasional' seminar held at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh on 5th December 2016.

SHAAP and partners' recommendations for new Alcohol Strategy

12th April 2017

A report published today by SHAAP, Alcohol Focus Scotland, BMA Scotland and Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs contains a comprehensive set of policies aimed at curbing Scotland’s alcohol problem and addressing the associated health inequalities.

The report precedes the publication this summer of the Scottish Government’s ‘refresh’ of its 2009 strategy, Changing Scotland’s Relationship with Alcohol: A Framework for Action.Scotland continues to have the highest level of alcohol consumption and harm in the UK. One million Scots drink above the recommended guidelines, and 22 Scots die because of alcohol every single week – twice the rate of the 1980s. The Scottish Government has cut direct funding for alcohol and drug prevention, treatment and support services by 22%, leaving the NHS to plug the gap.

The partner agencies have also issued a related press release.

Upcoming SHAAP/SARN Occasional seminars

19th March 2017

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Women and Alcohol - Edinburgh and London-based seminar series, 2017

19th March 2017

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Upcoming SARN meeting: Thursday 2nd February 2017

27th January 2017

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SARN (Scottish Alcohol Research Network) meeting

Thursday 2nd February 2017

Room 4.1, School of Health in Social Science, Doorway 6, Old Medical School, The University of Edinburgh

Agenda

13.00 Lunch and Networking
13.20 Welcome and Introductions-  Professor Aisha Holloway (Chair)
13.30

The Health and Sport Committee, Scottish Parliament: how alcohol researchers and stakeholders can engage

Heather Galway, Assistant Clerk, Health and Sport Committee, The Scottish Parliament

14.00

Delivering ABIs for male remand prisoners: preliminary findings from a Scottish and English feasibility study

Professor Aisha Holloway, The University of Edinburgh

14.30

What type of data on alcohol outlets do we want and what do we want to do with it? Open discussion.

Dr Niamh Shortt, Reader in Human Geography, The University of Edinburgh

15.00 Date and time of next meeting

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