Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder : It’s not all about the face!
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.
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
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
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
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?
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
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.
Women in an open prison: Can we make alcohol screening and brief interventions work for them?
By Dr Jennifer Ferguson, Lecturer in Criminology at Teesside University.
This blog post reports on a research study undertaken by Dr Jennifer Ferguson that examined what factors need to be considered when designing and implementing alcohol screening and brief interventions (ASBIs) within a female open prison in England.
VHS Blog - Andrea’s Blog: Supporting people from disadvantaged backgrounds with their alcohol problems
Dr Andrea Mohan has written a blog post for Voluntary Health Scotland on the SHAAP-funded research which explored the views and experiences of a specialist alcohol harm reduction service, the ‘Primary Care Alcohol Nurse Outreach Service’ (PCANOS) in Glasgow, which employs addiction nurses who support people with alcohol problems.