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.
- 13th October 2016 - Dr Katherine Smith, Global Public Health Unit, The University of Edinburgh, Tackling Health Inequalities in Scotland & Implications for Alcohol Policy
- 5th December 2016 - Dr S Vittal Katikireddi, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, Does harm from drinking differ by socioeconomic status? Exploring the alcohol harms paradox
- 24th January 2017 - Vic Valentine and Oceana Maund, Scottish Transgender Alliance, How inclusive are we? A trans perspective on alcohol and drug services in Scotland
- 27th February 2017 - Neil Martin, Research and Information Manager, Balance, The North East Alcohol Office, Alcohol admissions and health inequalities: is the tide finally turning?
- 13th March 2017 - Dr Lesley Graham, Clinical Lead for Alcohol, Drugs and Health in Justice Settings, ISD Scotland, Alcohol problems in criminal justice settings: an opportunity not to be missed
- 11th May 2017 - Dr Andrew Symon, Senior Lecturer, Mother and Infant Research Unit, University of Dundee, Drinking in pregnancy: a comparison between areas of high and low deprivation in Scotland
- 14th June 2017 - Dr Catherine Chiang, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Alcohol Deaths in Glasgow 2010. Has Service Redesign had an Impact?
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.
Trans Inclusion in Drug and Alcohol Services - Findings from research: an interactive workshop
SHAAP and the Scottish Transgender Alliance (STA) are hosting an interactive workshop to present the findings of the Scottish Transgender Alliance (STA) and North Ayrshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership (NAADP) research into trans inclusion in drug and alcohol services.
The workshop will consist of presentations on the context of health inequalities in Scotland, an overview of language and legal requirements for engaging with the trans community, and an outline of the key findings from the research. Workshop participants will participate in an interactive discussion and question session, with an opportunity to ask questions to various presenters about the findings of the report, and also work in small groups to discuss what they think the research can achieve in terms of concrete change moving forward. The agenda for the workshop can be accessed here.
Event details: Wednesday 11th January 2017, 11:00-15:00 in the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.
To attend the event, you must register here via Eventbrite. Places are limited. If you have not booked, you won’t have a place.
Addiction treatment and outcomes: a lecture with Prof Jonathan Chick - 11th January 2017
In this inaugural lecture, Professor Jonathan Chick reflects on 40 years of alcohol research and treatment. Alcohol remains our drug of choice in Scotland. But for some, the freedom to choose lessens. How to bolster their resolve? Can a non-judgemental dialogue nudge their decision-making, or had the brain been altered as burgeoning neuropharmacological research claims? The lecture will attempt to disentangle that notion, while showing that recovery from alcohol problems means attending to ‘the illness’ as well as the symptoms.
Event details: Wednesday 11th January 2017, 18:00-20:00, Edinburgh Napier University Sighthill Campus
You must register to attend the seminar. Register here via Eventbrite.
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