Tackling Scotland's Alcohol Problem

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. 

Women in an open prison: Can we make alcohol screening and brief interventions work for them?

Women in an open prison: Can we make alcohol screening and brief interventions work for them?

31st March 2022

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

30th March 2022

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.

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