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SHAAP Response to Northern Ireland Licensing Consultation

19th October 2016

SHAAP has submitted a response to Northern Ireland Assembly's Committee for Communities consultation on the Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill.

In the response we welcome the proposal for regulations to tighten sales of and exposure to alcohol by minors. We express concern that in certain aspects of the Bill, the economic interests of individual venues/on-trade premises are being prioritised over the interests of public health and limiting exposure and access to alcohol by minors. We call on the Northern Ireland Assembly to include a licensing objective to protect public health in the Bill, as is the case in Scotland.

SHAAP Response to Scottish Government Scottish Health Survey consultation

17th October 2016

SHAAP has submitted a response to the Scottish Government's consultation on the Scottish Health Survey. The consultation asked for comment and suggestions for questions to be included in the survey.

In the response we call for the questions in the alcohol section to extended and clarified; enhanced data linkages between related topics; and for data to be collected annually to support and strengthen the evidence base on alcohol and the harms it causes.

SHAAP Response to Soft Drink Industry Levy Consultation

13th October 2016

SHAAP has submitted a response to the UK Government HM Treasury/HMRC Consultation on the introduction of the new Soft Drinks Industry Levy. Question 11 in the consultation concerns added-sugar low-alcohol products.

In the response, we welcome the proposals to include these products in the Levy and argue that the Levy should be set at a level which does not discourage a shift in consumption patterns to lower strength alcohol products. However, we express concern that inclusion of added-sugar low alcohol products in the Levy may result in these produts being viewed as soft drinks rather than alcohol products.

'Cheap Alcohol' report prompts SHAAP demands for action

7th October 2016

SHAAP has issued a press release following the publication of a report by the Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA) ''Cheap alcohol: the price we pay'' which highlights that alcohol is still being sold in the UK at pocket-money prices - the price  of a cinema ticket buys 7½ litres of strong cider.

In response SHAAP calls on the Scotch Whisky Association to respect the Scottish Court of Session's decision with regards to MUP; calls on UK Government, and SNP MPs at Westminster, to restruture cider duty, so that high strength products can be taxed at higher rates; and call on the Scottish and UK Governments to commit to working to ensure that safeguarding and reinforcing policies that will reduce harms from alcohol will be considered as a priority in Brexit negotiations and in all future trade negotiations.

Research and Policy Briefing No.11 September 2016 now out

26th September 2016

Research and Policy Briefing No.11 now out. Highlights include:

  • MESAS alcohol consumption and price data update
  • EU AVMSD follow-up study
  • Model-based appraisal of MUP vs taxation in Scotland
  • Alcohol consumption as a cause of cancer
  • Update of UK CMOs' Low Risk Drinking Guidelines

Roman Alcohol Occasional online

26th September 2016

Francisca Roman, PhD Student at University College London spoke at SHAAP/SARN's 2015/16 'Alcohol Occasional' seminar series about alcohol use and binge drinking among adolescents in Chile, and the influence of the school environment on their drinking behaviour. In her presentation, Roman provided an outline of both alcohol use and the school system in Chile. She then outlined the findings of her PhD research which examines if the school attended by an adolescent has an impact on their alcohol consumption behaviours. The findings show that the socio-economic status of the school is associated with both non-binge drinking and binge drinking among adolescents in Chile. Roman concluded that Chilean society is very consumer driven and alcohol is increasingly used by individuals and families as a way of demonstrating wealth - a summary of her presentation's key points can be found here.

New SHAAP Report - Alcohol Policy in Scotland and Ireland

14th September 2016

A new report from SHAAP, Alcohol Policy in Scotland and Ireland: European Trailblazers or Celtic Fringes?, compares alcohol-related problems and welcomes innovative policy responses in Ireland and Scotland, also recognising the need to work at a pan-European level.

SHAAP/SARN 'Alcohol Occasional' seminars 2016/17

30th August 2016

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) are pleased to announce our programme for the lunchtime ‘Alcohol Occasional’ seminars. These showcase innovative research on alcohol use and provide the chance for researchers, practitioners and policy makers and members of the public to hear and discuss alcohol related topics. The theme for this seminar series, from November 2017, is ‘Alcohol and Social Justice’.

The 2017-2018 seminars will take place from 12.30–14.00 on the following dates (all Mondays):
6th November 2017 • 4th December 2017 • 29th January 2018 • 12th March 2018 • 23rd April 2018.

We are now seeking to deliver presentations and are interested to hear from researchers from any discipline who wish to share their findings with an audience made up of fellow researchers, practitioners, policy makers and the general public. We would particularly welcome presentations from new and early career researchers. If you are interested in presenting your research, please get in touch with Felicity Garvie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a short proposal (max. 300 words) and indication of your availability. Closing date for submissions is Monday 28th August 2017.

SHAAP response to Appendix 3 of WHO Global NCD Action Plan consultation

29th August 2016

SHAAP has submitted a response to the World Health Organisation's (WHO) consultation on (draft) Appendix 3 of their Global NCD Action Plan.

In our response, we broadly support the overarching actions and specific interventions outlined in the document. We call for inclusion of minimum pricing in the document, as an effective, evidence-based (pricing) policy for reducing alcohol related harm; greater and more explicit reference to alcohol marketing and exposure to children, especially in relation to social media; improved mandatory product labelling; and greater recognition of the links between alcohol and cancer risk.

SHAAP response to House of Lords Select Committee Consultation on Licensing Act 2003

29th August 2016

SHAAP has submitted a response to the House of Lords Select Committee Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003 Consultation.

In our response we support the four current existing licensing objectives and call for the protection of public health to be added as a fifth licensing objective to the Act (as in Scotland); greater community involvement in licensing decisions; and the introduction of a minimum unit price for alcohol, to complement licensing, as an effective mechanism for controlling availability and reducing alcohol-related harm.

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