SHAAP hosts Parliament event to reduce alcohol-related inequalities in the Scottish LGBTQ+ community
The event showcased our recent report and made recommendations to the Scottish Government surrounding inclusivity of the LGBTQ+ community in alcohol services.
On 9 June 2022, a Parliament event was held by Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) which highlighted the significant alcohol-related health inequalities experienced by the Scottish LGBTQ+ community, and made recommendations for actions to overcome this.
The event showcased the recent SHAAP report ‘What are LGBTQ+ people’s experiences of alcohol services in Scotland? A qualitative study of service users and service providers’. The study, led by Professor Carol Emslie of Glasgow Caledonian University’s Substance Use Research Group, revealed that people who identify as LGBTQ+ in Scotland are more likely to have problems with alcohol and experience major barriers in accessing alcohol services.
The event included speeches and presentations from Paul O’Kane MSP (the sponsoring MSP of the event), Professor Carol Emslie and report co-author Dr Elena Dimova, and SHAAP director, Elinor Jayne.
The event featured calls to action from SHAAP, including requests for the LGBTQ+ community to be considered as a group with specific needs within the forthcoming Alcohol Treatment Guidelines, and for Scottish Alcohol and Drugs Partnerships to undergo LGBTQ+ inclusivity training.
The event was attended by representatives from Scottish Government, many third sector organisations, NHS, various Royal Colleges, and by 9 MSPs:
- Paul O’Kane MSP (Sponsoring MSP)
- Emma Roddick MSP
- Gillian Mackay MSP
- Audrey Nicholl MSP
- Jackie Dunbar MSP
- Joe FitzPatrick MSP
- Tess White MSP
- Pam Duncan-Glancy MSP
- Monica Lennon MSP
The Minister for Public Health, Women's Health and Sport, Maree Todd, was also in attendance.