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SHAAP welcomes ECJ ruling on MUP

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) welcomes the ECJ's ruling on MUP. The ruling states that MUP is justified and legal on health grounds.

Read our press release here.

SHAAP response to Welsh Government MUP Consultation

SHAAP has submitted a response to the Welsh Government's consultation on the Draft Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) Bill.

In the submission we support the Welsh Government's proposals to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Wales.

NEW: Alcohol and Young People Conference Report

The report from SHAAP and Holyrood Communications' Alcohol and Young People Conference on 27th August held in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow is now available.

The report highlights the recommendations made by conference delegates which build on the recommendations from SHAAPs 2014 publication Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain: Evidence Review.

NEW: LGBT people's drinking in Scotland report

SHAAP is pleased to announce the publication of new research into LGBT people's drinking in Scotland. The research was undertaken by researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University and examined how LGBT people experience and understand alcohol consumption in Scotland, as well as analysing their views on stereotypes around LGBT drinking, their perceptions of alcohol advice and services, and barriers which may exist for LGBT groups.

The report of the research findings can be accessed here.

An event to discuss the findings of the research will take place in the Scottish Parliament on 15th December from 6-8 pm.

SHAAP response to EC Excise Duty Consultation

SHAAP has submitted a response to the European Commission Review of existing legislation on the structures of excise duties on alcohol and alcoholic beverages.

In the response we call for a number of actions including clearer definition of alcohol classification categories and for the protection of health to be one of the main objectives of excise duty policy.

SHAAP/GCU LGBT Seminar 15th December

SHAAP and researchers from Glasgow Caldeonian University's Sustance Use and Misuse Group are pleased to announce a seminar in the Scottish Parliament on 15th December 2015 from 6-8pm to discuss findings from newly published research on LGBT drinking in Scotland. Jim Eadie MSP is sponsoring the event.

This Parliamentary event is an opportunity to discuss new research about LGBT people's drinking behaviours in Glasgow and the implications for policy and practice.  It will also provide attendees with better understanding of the social influences behind LGBT people’s alcohol consumption and drinking behaviours.

To attend the event please register via Eventbrite here. The event is free to attend.

Research and Policy Briefing No.9 November 2015 now out

Research and Policy Briefing No.9 now out. Highlights include:

  • Minimum Unit Pricinng update
  • Scottish Health Survey 2015
  • MESAS 2015 Annual update on alcohol sales and price band analysis
  • ISD Alcohol-related hospital admissions
  • IEA Alcohol and the Public Purse report

New alcohol-related hospital admission stats released

ISD Scotland have released their latest round of statistics for alcohol-related hospital admissions.

The lastest figures for 2014/15 show a continuation of the downward trend in hosptial admissions since 2007/08, with 35,069 alcohol-related acute hospital admissions. Despite this downward trend, the rate of admissions for more chronic conditions, such as alcohol-related liver disease and alcohol psychosis, have remained stable or increased.

Individuals in the most deprived communities are eight times more likely than individuals in the least deprived communities to have an alcohol-related hosptial admission.

Read the full report here.

SHAAP/SARN Alcohol Occasionals 2015/16

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 October 2015, is ‘Alcohol, Europe and the World’.

These events are popular and places are limited. We need you to confirm if you would like to attend these events. To register to attend an event, please click here and follow the link for each event.

Eric Carlin: Bid to block MUP will be defeated

Eric Carlin in The National on the ECJ MUP opinion, social justice and being optimistic.

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