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SHAAP's work
Tackling Scotland's Alcohol Problem


Alcohol services

Part of our work involves researching to advocate for the maintenance, improvement and expansion of alcohol services in Scotland.


SHAAP recently published ‘Alcohol management in Deep End practices’, where researchers from the Universities of Stirling and Dundee explored stakeholders’ experiences and perceptions of the management of alcohol problems in Deep End general practices in Glasgow via the Primary Care Alcohol Nurse Outreach Service (PCANOS) model. 


Read the report: Alcohol management in Deep End practices (March 2022)

Alcohol & LGBTQ+ community

One of SHAAP’s research areas is to investigate the role which alcohol plays in the LGBTQ+ community, and why individuals identifying as LGBTQ+ are disproportionately affected by alcohol harms in Scotland.

We recently published our report ‘What are LGBTQ+ people’s experiences of alcohol services in Scotland? A qualitative study of service users and service providers’, from researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Read the report: What are LGBTQ+ people’s experiences of alcohol services in Scotland? A qualitative study of service users and service providers (March 2022)


Alcohol and sport

In September 2021, we launched ‘Alcohol marketing during the 2020 Six Nations Championships’, where researchers at the University of Stirling examined the prevalence of alcohol advertising in the 2020 Six Nations, how this differs across host countries in relation to their marketing policies and the implications of Ireland’s November 2021 marketing policy changes.

Read the report: Alcohol marketing during the 2020 Six Nations Championships (September 2021)

In 2020, we published our joint report with Alcohol Focus Scotland ‘Time to blow the whistle on alcohol sports sponsorship’ which makes recommendations to the Scottish Government to protect people - particularly the young and vulnerable - from the influence of alcohol and sports sponsorship.

Read the report: Time to blow the whistle on alcohol sports sponsorship (March 2020)

Alcohol and gender


SHAAP is interested in exploring how alcohol-related behaviours manifest between and within genders.

SHAAP and the Institute of Alcohol Studies, London, hosted seminars in London and Edinburgh to investigate issues relating to men and alcohol, and women and alcohol. Each seminar focussed on a specific topic, with speakers invited to respond to pre-set questions.


Read the final reports:

Men and Alcohol: Key issues (September 2020)

Women and Alcohol: Key issues (April 2018)

Alcohol and recovery


Another area of our work programme is to investigate recovery from alcohol problems in Scotland.

In February 2020, SHAAP launched its new report of qualitative research into the definition and meanings of lived and living experience for alcohol policy at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.


Watch a video of the event


Read the report: ‘Stand up and tell me your story’ (February 2020)

Alcohol and rural communities


Understanding how alcohol problems differ between communities and areas is an important part of our work.


The SHAAP Rural Matters report, published in September 2020, presents findings about the cultural and social context of drinking in rural areas and barriers to accessing services in rural Scotland.


Read the report: Rural Matters (September 2020)


Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP)

SHAAP was the first Scottish organisation to call for MUP, when we published the report, ‘Price, Policy and Public Health’ in 2007. The aim of MUP is to reduce the consumption of alcohol, particularly among hazardous and harmful drinkers, leading to reduction in alcohol-related harm. SHAAP are continuing our work around MUP by advocating to ensure that the benefits of MUP are not eroded by inflation, or through the impacts of the pandemic.

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