SHAAP response to House of Lords Select Committee Consultation on Licensing Act 2003

SHAAP has submitted a response to the House of Lords Select Committee Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003 Consultation.

In our response we support the four current existing licensing objectives and call for the protection of public health to be added as a fifth licensing objective to the Act (as in Scotland); greater community involvement in licensing decisions; and the introduction of a minimum unit price for alcohol, to complement licensing, as an effective mechanism for controlling availability and reducing alcohol-related harm.

SHAAP response to NHS Scotland document proforma consultation

SHAAP has submitted a response to NHS Scotland's proforma consultation on the following documents:

In our response, we comment on the above draft documents. We welcome the draft documents and make suggestions to further strengthen them, including a recommendation for stronger emphasis on joined-up services and greater recognition of understanding the links between alcohol and offending.

Call for proposals to present at 2016/17 SHAAP/SARN 'Alcohol Occasional' Seminars

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, over lunch in the historic Royal College of Physicians in Queen Street, Edinburgh.

The theme for the forthcoming seminar series, from October 2016, is ‘Alcohol and Health Inequalities’. We’re particularly interested in presentations which provide insights and can stimulate discussion about alcohol and health inequalities in different contexts, drawing on a range of disciplines and opening up debate about implications for policy and practice.

Following the seminars, SHAAP will produce briefing papers, which will aim to capture the main themes and to communicate these to a wider audience. You can access reports from previous seminars here.

The 2016-2017 seminars will take place from 12.30–14.00 on the following dates:
13th October 2016 • 6th December 2016 • 24th January 2017 • 13th March 2017 • 11th May 2017 • 14th June 2017. If you are interested in presenting your work, please email Eric Carlin, SHAAP Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 22nd August 2016 with a proposal of no more than 300 words.

SHAAP response to SG Police Powers to Search Children and Young People for Alcohol consultation

SHAAP has submitted a response to the Scottish Government's consultation on Police Powers to Search Children and Young People for Alcohol,

On this occasion, we have chosen not to support the proposals outlined in the consultation. Our response expresses concern about the effectiveness of the approach for the prevention of underage drinking and raises concerns about further stigmatisation of children and young people. Instead, we call for a broader approach to tackle the price, avaialbilty and marketing of alcohol.

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