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Tackling Scotland's Alcohol Problem

Master manipulators: we need to learn from alcohol industry conduct

Scotland sits at an important crossroads: our status as ‘world leaders’ in alcohol policy is under threat as our flagship Minimum Unit Pricing policy is due to expire unless renewed by a vote before the end of April. Policymakers are also in discussion around the extent to which Scottish citizens should be exposed to alcohol marketing, and whether restrictions should be put in place.

SHAAP Lived Experience Spotlight

In this blog, John tells us of his experiences of a life-changing diagnosis in 2018, and the changes it led to in his own life. He also speaks about the changes he would like to see happen in Scotland to protect others from the harms caused by alcohol. 

Alcohol deaths in Scotland continue to rise

Dr Alastair MacGilchrist, liver specialist and Chair of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) considers the possible explanations for, and implications of the latest statistics on alcohol deaths in Scotland.

How the media can play its part in reducing the stigma surrounding substance use

Professor Tessa Parkes and Dr Hannah Carver, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling, discuss the See Beyond- See the Lives- Scotland campaign and how the media can play a part in reducing stigma around alcohol and drugs.

*This blog was originally posted on The University of Stirling website 

A look inside the Managed Alcohol Programme (MAP) in Glasgow

By Peter Mclachlan, Simon Community Scotland

In this blog, Managed Alcohol Porgramme Service Lead Peter Mclachlan from the Simon Community Scotland shares his experience of working at Scotland's first MAP and how the staff and service users continue to inspire him. 


Alcohol Problems in the Justice Setting

By Dr Lesley Graham

In this blog, SHAAP Steering Group Member Dr Lesley Graham reflects on the current management of those with alcohol problems within the justice system in Scotland and looks back on SHAAP’s most recent symposium “Alcohol (in)justice”.

Glasgow City call time on alcohol sponsorship

By Laura Montgomery, Chief Executive of Glasgow FC

In this blog, Laura Montgomery discusses the reasons why Glasgow City FC are calling for an end to alcohol sports sponsorship. 

Alcohol and the Scottish economy

By Aveek Bhattacharya, The Social Market Foundation.

In this blog, Aveek Bhattacharya discusses the findings of his latest report Getting in the spirit? Alcohol and the Scottish economy.

Scottish Women's Football call time on alcohol sponsorship

By Vivienne MacLaren, Chair of Scottish Women's Football.

In this blog, Vivienne MacLaren talks about SWF's commitment to reject alcohol sponsorship, their partnership with SHAAP and the importance of the Calling Time campaign.

Looking backwards, looking forwards: a review of SHAAP activities in 2022 and plans for 2023.

By Dr Alastair MacGilchrist, SHAAP Chair and former Consultant Hepatologist at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

In this blog, Dr MacGilchrist looks back at SHAAP’s work in 2022, including report launches, Parliamentary events and SHAAP’s first public-facing campaign, calling time on alcohol sponsorship in sports. Dr MacGilchrist also discusses SHAAP’s plans for the year ahead, including our continued work to support Minimum Unit Pricing in Scotland.

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