The event showcased our recent report and made recommendations to the Scottish Government surrounding inclusivity of the LGBTQ+ community in alcohol services.

 

On 9 June 2022, a Parliament event was held by Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) which highlighted the significant alcohol-related health inequalities experienced by the Scottish LGBTQ+ community, and made recommendations for actions to overcome this.

The event showcased the recent SHAAP report ‘What are LGBTQ+ people’s experiences of alcohol services in Scotland? A qualitative study of service users and service providers’. The study, led by Professor Carol Emslie of Glasgow Caledonian University’s Substance Use Research Group, revealed that people who identify as LGBTQ+ in Scotland are more likely to have problems with alcohol and experience major barriers in accessing alcohol services.

 

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The event included speeches and presentations from Paul O’Kane MSP (the sponsoring MSP of the event), Professor Carol Emslie and report co-author Dr Elena Dimova, and SHAAP director, Elinor Jayne.

The event featured calls to action from SHAAP, including requests for the LGBTQ+ community to be considered as a group with specific needs within the forthcoming Alcohol Treatment Guidelines, and for Scottish Alcohol and Drugs Partnerships to undergo LGBTQ+ inclusivity training.

The event was attended by representatives from Scottish Government, many third sector organisations, NHS, various Royal Colleges, and by 9 MSPs:

 

  • Paul O’Kane MSP (Sponsoring MSP)
  • Emma Roddick MSP
  • Gillian Mackay MSP
  • Audrey Nicholl MSP
  • Jackie Dunbar MSP
  • Joe FitzPatrick MSP
  • Tess White MSP
  • Pam Duncan-Glancy MSP
  • Monica Lennon MSP

 

The Minister for Public Health, Women's Health and Sport, Maree Todd, was also in attendance.

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