Details of upcoming events

SHAAP/SARN Alcohol Occasionals 2017 - 2018

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) are pleased to organise 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 of Edinburgh at 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh.

2017/18 programme:

The talks will focus specifically on Alcohol and Social Justice in the next session. The call for proposals is now closed and the programme is currently being confirmed. See below for dates:


  • 6th November 2017 - Speaker & topic tba

  • 4th December 2017 - Speaker & topic tba

  • 29th January 2018 - Speaker & topic tba

  • 12th March 2018 - Speaker & topic tba

  • 23rd April 2018 - Speaker & topic tba

  • 28th May 2018 - Speaker & tobic tba.

These events are popular and places are limited. Please confirm if you would like to attend these events. To register via EventBrite, click on the title of the event/s (above) that you wish to attend. These will be made live once the programme is finalised.


Women and Alcohol - Edinburgh and London-based seminar series, 2017 

Seminar 4: Women and Alcohol: What’s next?
Royal College of Physicians, London, 2 - 4pm, Friday, 8th September 2017

Chair: Dr. Sally Marlow, Public Engagement Fellow, Kings College London.
• How will women be affected by alcohol in the future?
• How can alcohol-related harms to women be prevented and/or reduced?
• How do we strike a balance between individual responsibility and state intervention?

Attendance is by invitation only. If you would like to attend, please send your request to Victoria Troy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Previous Events

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.

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






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