Tackling Scotland's Alcohol Problem

New study published by Public Health Scotland finds minimal change in alcohol-related crime following implementation of MUP

12th October 2021

A new study, published today by Public Health Scotland has shown that the introduction of minimum unit pricing (MUP) in 2018 in Scotland had minimal impact on alcohol-related crime.

Report Launch: 'Alcohol marketing during the Six Nations'

30th September 2021

On Thursday 30 September 2021, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP), the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) and Alcohol Action Ireland (AAI), held an online launch event for the publication of their new 'Alcohol marketing during the 2020 Six Nations Championship' report. The event had around 90 participants and we got to hear Rick Purves and Nathan Critchlow from the Univeristy of Stirling talk about the findings of their report.

Report Launch: SHAAP teams up against NCDs

6th September 2021

SHAAP has joined nine leading Scottish health charities to produce a report Non-Communicable Disease Prevention: Priorities for 2021/22 calling for urgent action on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) caused by health harming products such as alcohol, tobacco and unhealthy foods. 

National Records of Scotland publishes new data on alcohol-specific deaths

17th August 2021

The National Records of Scotland (NRS) have published new data [opens PDF in new window] for alcohol-specific deaths registered in Scotland in 2020. The number of alcohol-specific deaths has increased by 17% to 1,190 in 2020, up from 1,020 in 2019.

Men’s Health Week 2021 - Infographics and resources

14th June 2021

This year's Men's Health Week runs from 14-20 June.

SHAAP are partnering with Men's Health Forum Scotland during Men's Health Week to highlight the high rates of problem drinking in men in Scotland, and the consequently high health burden relating to alcohol.

We have produced infographics based on the latest data for Scotland, and provide resources for cutting down, our SHAAP/IAS Men and Alcohol: Key Issues report and a blog post we commissioned to coincide with Men's Health Week.

The public, leading health experts and politicians back changes to alcohol labelling

11th May 2021

A poll from YouGov asked the public what legal requirements they would like to see for alcohol labelling. The majority asked supported more information being included on labels:

  • 75% want the number of units in a product displayed
  • 61% want calorie information displayed
  • 53% want the amount of sugar displayed

Ninety-four leading health experts, including charities, medical royal colleges and academics, as well as parliamentarians, have written to the Health Secretary calling for improved alcohol labelling.

SHAAP strongly feel that consumers have a #RightToKnow what is in their drink, and we were co-signatories of the letter to Matt Hancock.

Learn more about the YouGov poll and read the letter to the Health Secretary on the Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA) website.

Scottish Parliament election 2021- what do the manifestos say about alcohol?

30th April 2021

Ahead of this year’s election to the Scottish Parliament, SHAAP has analysed the policy proposals on alcohol put forward in each of the main political parties’ election manifestos. This is a snapshot of the proposals that have been featured and is by no means exhaustive, but aims to offer an overview of manifesto content for those who are interested in the different political parties’ policies on reducing alcohol harm in Scotland.

SHAAP statement on differential duty rates

1st March 2021

SHAAP supports the principle of differential duty rates for on and off trade retailers in the current market conditions in the UK. Duty rates in the UK have been falling behind incomes and prices for many years and rates for all categories are at historically low levels. We call for a long-term strategy of progressive duty increases in the off trade. We do not support a reduction in current on trade duty rates.

We are not encouraging on trade drinking, particularly during the pandemic given the risk of intoxicated crowds gathering in an enclosed space.

Public Health Scotland publishes two studies on alcohol sales and consumption in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic

16th February 2021

Public Health Scotland has today published two studies on the impact of initial COVID-19 restrictions on alcohol sales and consumption.

SHAAP writes to the Chancellor of the Exchequer with a call to increase alcohol duty ahead of the Budget

15th February 2021

On 15 February 2021, SHAAP wrote to the Chancellor of the Exchequer with a call to increase alcohol duty by 2% above inflation, ahead of the Budget.

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