Alcohol Occasionals event report – 15 June 2021

Greenspace programmes for problem substance use – Wendy Masterton

In our sixth and final Alcohol Occasionals event of 2021 held on Tuesday 15 June, Wendy Masterton, PhD Student, University of Stirling presented her research on greenspace programmes for problem substance use.

You can read the event report on the SHAAP website.

You can also watch the research presentation and the full recording with presentations and discussion/Q+A.

Alcohol Occasionals event report – 1 June 2021

Managed Alcohol Programmes (MAPs) – Dr Hannah Carver & Professor Tessa Parkes

In our fifth Alcohol Occasionals event of 2021 held on Tuesday 1 June, Dr Hannah Carver, Lecturer in Substance Use and Deputy Director of the Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research (SACASR), University of Stirling & Professor Tessa Parkes, SACASR Director, University of Stirling presented their research on Managed Alcohol Programmes (MAPs).

You can read the event report on the SHAAP website.

You can also watch the research presentation and the full recording with presentations and discussion/Q+A.

SARN June 2021 Meeting – Research presentation

The research presentation from the SARN Members’ June 2021 Meeting is now available, which was presented on 14 June 2021 via Zoom.


Daniel Jones (University of Stirling) presented: “Alcohol packaging as a marketing and health communications tool: a focus group study with young adult drinkers in Scotland”.

Alcohol Occasionals event report – April 2021

Understanding drinking transitions during lockdown – Dr Emily Nicholls

In our fourth Alcohol Occasionals event of 2021 held on Wednesday 28 April, Dr Emily Nicholls, Lecturer in Sociology, University of York presented research she conducted with Dr Dominic Conroy on drinking transitions during lockdown.

You can read the event report on the SHAAP website.

You can also watch the research presentation and the full recording with presentations and discussion/Q+A.

QMJC #6 Write-up

Meeting #6 (April 2021) – Salerno Valdez et al. (2019)

In our sixth and final meeting on Tuesday 20 April, we discussed Salerno Valdez et al. How the U.S.-Mexico border influences adolescent substance use: Youth participatory action research using photovoice. The International Journal on Drug Policy73, 146–155. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.07.011

In this study, researchers developed a Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) approach with a state-funded youth coalition group on the US/Mexico border to explore factors influencing adolescent substance use. Twenty three young people were trained as researchers, and carried out a “photovoice” study, using photographs they had taken to document what they perceived as environmental influences on their behaviour and that of their peers. Photos were used to generate discussion and develop recommendations to improve the environment in which the young people lived. This paper is a superb example of co-production of research, Participatory Action Research (PAR), as of the photovoice approach…… [Read on]

Dr Matt Smith

Read the full report on the SSA website