Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) was established in 2006 to provide a clear, strong medical voice on alcohol harms. Whilst promoting evidence based treatment interventions SHAAP has also prioritised its activities into campaigning on alcohol pricing and marketing. SHAAP also believes that longer term policy developments are required to support individual behaviour change. To achieve these aims they have recently embarked on various activities some of which are summarised in this brief report.
- SHAAP continues to promote and disseminate the recent publication Alcohol and Cancer Risks: A guide for professionals. All GPs across Scotland received an electronic link to the document and a hard copy has been sent out to all practice nurses.
- In April SHAAP hosted a successful debate on the impact of ‘big business’ on health, with a specific focus on alcohol, tobacco and diet. An accompanying document was published which is available for download at http://tinyurl.com/lp86mmo
- Doctors and health campaigners have welcomed the Court of Session judgement (03/05/13) that Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) of alcohol in Scotland falls within the competence of the Scottish Parliament and is compatible with EU law. This ruling was established despite efforts by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and other alcohol industry partners to block the implementation of MUP of alcohol in Scotland. A briefing on the court ruling has been produced jointly by SHAAP, Alcohol Focus Scotland and the BMA and is available at http://tinyurl.com/ksjl6ke. SHAAP continues to work with European partner agencies to campaign for MUP at the European Parliament.
- SHAAP also produce regular Research and Policy Briefings the latest of which was published at the end of June and have introduced a new Media Monitoring Service that is available daily with a weekly summary. To join the mailing list for either of these services email firstname.lastname@example.org