Tackling Scotland's Alcohol Problem

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

16th January 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.

Enyobeni: A tragedy of underage drinking

20th December 2022

By Dr Laurine Platzky (Board Member, REEP (Research Excisable Products, University of Cape Town))

In this blog post, Dr Laurine Platzky provides an in-detail analysis of the Enyobeni Tavern incident in South Africa, which saw 21 children die after consuming alcohol underage. Dr Platzky highlights the consequences of poorly implemented laws and policies in this tragedy and explores what this case means for future legislation around alcohol in South Africa.


Alcohol sports sponsorship in Scotland

20th November 2022

By former First Minister of Scotland, Rt Hon. Henry McLeish.

Rt Hon. Henry McLeish writes about his passion for football, his thoughts on SHAAP's latest report and why Scotland needs to call time on alcohol sports sponsorship.  


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder : It’s not all about the face!

25th October 2022

By Dr Christopher Steer, Retired Consultant Paediatrician and SHAAP Steering Group Member.

In this blog post, Dr Christopher Steer looks at the history of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, how the diagnosis has progressed beyond the physical characteristics of the individual and highlights the importance of raising awareness, providing support and offering training in the future.

“There’s nothing else for kids to do round here”: alcohol use in rural and islands communities.

2nd September 2022

By Emma Roddick, MSP for Highlands and Islands 

As Parliament returns for a new term, Emma Roddick reflects on the role of alcohol in rural and island communities in Scotland.

Drinkers like us? Why sharing ‘ordinary’ drinking stories can matter

12th August 2022

By James Morris, (@jamesmorris24), a Research Fellow at Centre for Addictive Behaviours Research at London South Bank University (@CABR_LSBU).

In this blog James Morris highlights why we need to look more closely at the stories we tell and hear around alcohol use and problems.

The stories we share about alcohol matter

28th July 2022

By Nick Bibby, writer and recovering alcoholic.

In this blog, Nick Bibby discusses how we talk about alcohol and how that affects those whose lives have been harmed by it.

Ethics and alcohol policy – a key informant interview study in Australia

29th June 2022

By Dr Mary Jean Walker, Lecturer in Philosophy at La Trobe University, Australia

In this blog post, Dr Mary Jean Walker discusses the acceptance of drinking and drunkenness, responsibility, identity and culture, and the ethicality of various alcohol policy processes.

How can we support LGBTQ+ people to access alcohol services?

6th June 2022

By Dr Elena Dimova, Prof Carol Emslie, Dr Jamie Frankis & Prof Lawrie Elliott, Glasgow Caledonian University (@SubMisuseGCU)

This blog post by researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University reports on their recent study for SHAAP "What are LGBTQ+ people’s experiences of alcohol services in Scotland? A qualitative study of service users and service providers", which highlights the difficulties LGBTQ+ people experience when trying to access alcohol services in Scotland. 

Stigma is a six-letter word

Stigma is a six-letter word

24th May 2022

By Michaela Jones, National Policy Officer, Scottish Recovery Consortium.

In this blog post, Michaela reflects on her own lived experience of addiction and the need to understand stigma as more than just language. 

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