Alcohol in Rural Communities

Rural Matters Project

Understanding alcohol problems in rural areas: Literature review and qualitative research study

The SHAAP Rural Matters report, published in September 2020, presents findings about the cultural and social context of drinking in rural areas and barriers to accessing services in rural Scotland.

A literature review was undertaken, and five community consultations and 25 semi-structured interviews were conducted with healthcare and service providers, individuals with lived experience of alcohol harm, young people and family members of people with alcohol problems.

Recommendations have been developed from this evidence for research, policy and practice, in order to prevent alcohol harms and improve support.

To read the recommendations and report in full, please visit: