Reports & Policy Briefings

Reports & Policy Briefings

Reports and briefing papers from SHAAP.

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23rd Sep 2020

Rural Matters - Understanding alcohol use in rural Scotland: Findings from a qualitative research study New!

Rural Matters - Understanding alcohol use in rural Scotland: Findings from a qualitative research study

Read the Rural Matters report. This report presents findings from a qualitative research study undertaken from 2019-2020. The report makes recommendations for research, policy and practice, in order to prevent alcohol harms and improve support for people and communities in remote and rural areas of Scotland.

9th Sep 2020

Men and Alcohol: Key Issues

Men and Alcohol: Key Issues

Read SHAAP's new report on Men and Alcohol: Key Issues. The report brings together key findings from the 2019/2020 SHAAP/IAS Men and Alcohol seminar series, and makes recommendations for research, policy and practice. 

9th Jun 2020

SHAAP briefing for the Scottish Government debates on COVID-19 (June 2020)

SHAAP briefing for the Scottish Government debates on COVID-19 (June 2020)

Read SHAAP's briefing for the Scottish Government debates on COVID-19, June 2 and June 9 2020.

16th Apr 2020

Updated Guidance: COVID-19: Advice for heavy drinkers who are thinking about cutting back or stopping drinking alcohol

Updated Guidance: COVID-19: Advice for heavy drinkers who are thinking about cutting back or stopping drinking alcohol

Read SHAAP's updated guidance for heavy drinkers who are planning to cut back or stop drinking, both in the context of COVID-19 and beyond.

16th Apr 2020

Updated Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and People with Alcohol-related Problems: Recommendations for Services

Updated Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and People with Alcohol-related Problems: Recommendations for Services

SHAAP has updated its recommendations for services supporting people with alcohol-related problems, including ADPs, Commissioners, Alcohol Service Managers, Community Services and Mutual Aid and Support Groups, to enable them to reduce risks and ensure continued support in the COVID-19 context.

5th Mar 2020

SHAAP's report of 2019 Health Board survey re ALD Guidance dissemination

SHAAP's report of 2019 Health Board survey re ALD Guidance dissemination

SHAAP surveyed the Health Boards in Scotland to ask if they were aware of the Guidance for Good Practice in relation to Alcohol-related Liver Disease, and if so what actions they were taking in relation to its recommendations.

4th Mar 2020

ISMH Stirling University background research on alcohol sponsorship in sport

ISMH Stirling University background research on alcohol sponsorship in sport

Read the full background research conducted by the Institute for Social Marketing and Health at Stirling University for the AFS/SHAAP report: 'Time to blow the whistle on alcohol sports sponsorship', January 2020

4th Mar 2020

Time to blow the whistle on alcohol sports sponsorship

Time to blow the whistle on alcohol sports sponsorship

New report from Alcohol Focus Scotland and SHAAP on research from Stirling University's Institute for Social Marketing and Health  illustrates the extent, nature and frequency of alcohol sponsorship in Scottish football and rugby. Key findings are the wraparound nature of alcohol branding at big events, making it impossible especially for children to avoid seeing alcohol references.

3rd Feb 2020

'Stand up and tell me your story' - SHAAP report on lived experience

'Stand up and tell me your story' - SHAAP report on lived experience

Meanings and importance of lived and living experience for alcohol and drug policy: Findings from a qualitative review - New research published by SHAAP February 2020

4th Nov 2019

Alcohol & Cancer Risks: A guide for health professionals

Alcohol & Cancer Risks: A guide for health professionals

Updated version of SHAAP brochure 'Alcohol and Cancer Risks: A Guide for Health Professionals' endorsed by the CMO for Scotland, Dr Catherine Calderwood (October 2019)

15th Dec 2018

Research and Policy Briefing No. 15 - December 2018

Research and Policy Briefing No. 15 - December 2018

Our 15th Research and Policy Briefing covers the publication of the Scottish Government's new Alcohol Prevention Framework and treatment strategy. We also look at the findings of our new report on causes of alcohol mortality in Scotland: Dying for a Drink, and provide an update on minimum unit pricing (MUP).

6th Dec 2018

FYFA - SHAAP/Eurocare report on Focus on Youth Football and Alcohol

FYFA - SHAAP/Eurocare report on Focus on Youth Football and Alcohol

This report presents findings from Work Package 4 of the FYFA project - a review of international policies and practices related to young people, alcohol, marketing and sport at an international level, including evidence gathering about effective practice in reducing harms.

24th Oct 2018

'Dying for a drink' - SHAAP report on alcohol-related mortality in Scotland

'Dying for a drink' - SHAAP report on alcohol-related mortality in Scotland

SHAAP report on alcohol-related mortality researched and collated for the Scottish Government, and launched at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh on 26th October 2018.

1st Jun 2018

Men, Women and Alcohol: Infographics and Research by Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Stirling and SHAAP

Men, Women and Alcohol: Infographics and Research by Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Stirling and SHAAP

The 'Gender and Alcohol' website showcases research and infographics produced through a collaboration between Glasgow Caledonian University, the University of Stirling, SHAAP and GCPH.

15th May 2018

Research and Policy Briefing No. 14 - The MUP Issue

Research and Policy Briefing No. 14 - The MUP Issue

This special research and policy briefing covers all things #MUP. Read about reactions to the UK Supreme Court's ruling on the legality of MUP, how the MUP campaign started, the evidence for MUP and what happens next.

15th Apr 2018

SHAAP/IAS Report: Women and Alcohol: Key Issues

SHAAP/IAS Report: Women and Alcohol: Key Issues

This report draws out and expands upon discussions from a series of seminars co-hosted by Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) in 2017.

24th Oct 2017

Alcohol-related Liver Disease: Guidance for Good Practice

Alcohol-related Liver Disease: Guidance for Good Practice

This guidance was put together by a writing group comprised of health professionals specialising in liver care and/or public health.

13th Aug 2017

Research and Policy Briefing No. 13

Research and Policy Briefing No. 13

SHAAP's 13th research and policy briefing looks at new research on how the drinks industry circumvented an advertising ban at UEFA 2016, the Scottish Government's Alcohol policy refresh, the latest ONS data on drinking in England, and our response to the UK Government cider tax consultation.

15th Apr 2017

Foul Play? Alcohol Marketing during UEFA Euro 2016 - joint report by SHAAP, Institute for Social Marketing at the University of Stirling, IAS and Alcohol Action Ireland -

15th Apr 2017

Changing Scotland’s relationship with alcohol: Recommendations for further action - joint report by SHAAP, AFS, BMA and Scottish Families affected by Alcohol and Drugs

Changing Scotland’s relationship with alcohol: Recommendations for further action - joint report by SHAAP, AFS, BMA and Scottish Families affected by Alcohol and Drugs

This report is intended to inform the next phase of the Scottish Government’s alcohol strategy. It has been produced collaboratively by Alcohol Focus Scotland, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems, Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs and the British Medical Association Scotland.