Details of upcoming events

SHAAP/SARN Alcohol Occasionals

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 • 5th December 2016 • 24th January 2017 • 27th February 2017 • 13th March 2017 • 11th May 2017 • 14th June 2017.

2016/17 programme:

These events are popular and places are limited. We need you to confirm if you would like to attend these events. You can register via EventBrite by clicking on the title of the event(s) you wish to attend. If you have not booked, you will not have a place.


Alcohol and Pregnancy: A Free Seminar - 1st November 2016

The University of Stirling in association with Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) are proud to present ‘Alcohol and Pregnancy’ seminar taking place at the Highland Hotel, Stirling on 1st November 2016 from 09:30-13:00. Lunch will be provided from 13:00.

Alcohol consumption in pregnancy is the leading preventable cause of childhood developmental delay.  This seminar will focus on the challenging but important area of identifying and preventing such harm.  Bringing together research teams from across the UK, and with a keynote address from WHO-Europe, it will focus on the latest evidence on how to appropriately identify and prevent alcohol consumption in pregnancy, and future innovation in this field. Chair: Professor Moira Plant; Speakers: Lisa Scholin (World Health Organisation); Dr Elizabeth Henderson and Dr Helen Mactier (Princess Royal Maternity Hospital, Glasgow); Dr Niamh Fitzgerald (University of Stirling); Prof Dave Tappin (University of Glasgow); Cheryl McQuire (Cardiff University); Helen Howlett (Northumbria University); Dr Andrew Symon (University of Dundee).

If you would like to attend this seminar, you must register via Eventbrite here, as places are limited.


Previous Events


Postgraduate and Early Career Research Symposium - 18th April 2016

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP), in collaboration with the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN), held a Postgraduate and Early Career Research symposium on 18th of April 2016 at the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh.

The symposium wase a chance for students, with an interest in alcohol research, from across Scottish institutions to come together, and present their research. The overall aim of the Symposium was to build on and strengthen the PhD and Early Career Researchers community which is of great important to both SARN and SHAAP.

The day consisted of a number of short presentations made by researchers who are at varying time-points within the academic journey, as well as a number of round table discussions. This was a fantastic opportunity to not only network with  peers but it also provided the opportunity to present and get feedback on research, and discuss future research ideas.


British Sociological Association (BSA) and SHAAP one-day Symposium - 22nd April 2016

In partnership with the BSA Alcohol Study Group, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) is hosted a one-day interdisciplinary symposium 'How do different disciplines talk about alcohol and how can we work better together?' on 22nd April 2016 in the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh from 10am - 4:30pm.


SHAAP/GCU LGBT Seminar at Scottish Parliament - 15th December 2015

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) is pleased to announce the publication of a new report, based on research carried out in Glasgow by researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University, “The social context of LGBT people’s drinking in Scotland”.

The Parliamentary event, sponsored by Jim Eadie MSP, offered the opportunity for MSPs, professionals and members of the public to discuss the research findings directly with the researchers; to engage with members of the LGBT community; and to learn about the LGBT community’s experiences in relation to alcohol. It provided attendees with a better understanding of the social influences behind LGBT people’s alcohol consumption and drinking behaviours and related outcomes.


Eric Carlin, SHAAP Director, presents "The Scottish Alcohol Experience" in the House of Commons London, April 2014





Sign up to our newsletter