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8 Jul 2014

Alcohol Minimum Unit Price - a simple argument

European Health Advocates- Eurocare, EPHA, BMA & SHAAP - make concise case for Alcohol Minimum...
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4 Jun 2014


Eric Carlin, Director, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems, said, “Scottish...
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SHAAP is an independent medical advocacy organisation set up to raise awareness of the nature and extent of harm linked to alcohol use in Scotland, and to campaign for evidence-based measures to reduce this harm.

Event: Scotland the Brave! Alcohol Policy in Scotland

Event: Scotland the Brave - Click to Register

In 2012 the Scottish Government passed legislation to introduce a Minimum Unit Price (MUP) to tackle the problems caused by cheap alcohol. The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and other European wine and spirits producers took action against the proposal claiming that it breaches the UK's European Union (EU) treaty obligations. Minimum Unit Price is supported by many parts of the alcohol industry who agree that the price of alcohol should be regulated.

Now we are approaching the next stage of this story which has become a battle between the interests of the health groups organising this event against the interests of global producers. The European Court of Justice has been asked for an opinion on the measure and Member States and other parties will be asked to submit their views over the next few months.

This event is an opportunity to hear why Scotland introduced this measure, the opinions of health and trade experts who support the measure and to contribute your view. Scotland is one of the first countries to introduce the groundbreaking measure, which has stimulated much debate and the discussion will be lively.

Location: Résidence Palace, 155 Rue de la Loi, Brussels, 1040, Belgium

Time: 1:00 PM   to   3:30 PM

Register  for Scotland the Brave!- Alcohol Policy in Scotland

Event: Scotland the Brave - Click to Register

Details of all our events can be found here:

Alcohol Occasionals: 2013/14:

Our final event in the current series of Alcohol Occasionals will be on: 26th June 2014 (12:30 - 14:00)  with Dr. Richard I. Purves (University of Stirling) and Ms Martine Stead Alcohol Marketing and Young People. Email shaap@rcpe.ac.uk to book a place.

We are now planning a second series of events for 2014/2015 on alcohol and mental health.

If you are interested in presenting your research, please get in touch with Anne-Marie Barry at shaap@rcpe.ac.uk with a short proposal (no more than 300 words) and an indication of your availability. Closing date for submissions: Monday 21st July 2014.

Past events and presentations:

19th February 2014: David Nutt delivered a presentation at the RCPE: 'Alcohol without the hangover' :  Click here for a copy of Professor David Nutt's slides from his presentation on 19th February 2014

Read a summary of the first seminar presentation from Jemma Lennox: The role of alcohol in young adults' identity creation on Facebook.

Read a summary of the second seminar presentation from Carly Lightowlers: Drinking patterns and violent behaviour amongst young people in England and Wales, secondary analysis of the Offending Crime and Justice Survey