The latest data on alcohol has been published by The Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy (MESAS). The report includes key indicators on alcohol for Scotland, including sales data, price and affordability, self-reported consumption, and harm. The full report and additional files are available here.
The Love Your Liver campaign aims to raise awareness of risk factors, prevent liver disease and improve early diagnosis. This event gives people a chance to take an online screener and if the results indicate a high risk, we may be able to offer a non-invasive liver check with a Fibroscan machine. During April, the British Liver Trust is organising events in four Scottish cities:
Saturday 21 April – Aberdeen (10am-4pm)
St Nicholas Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1BF
Sunday the 22 April – Dundee (10am-4pm)
City Square, DD1 3BB
Monday the 23 April – Glasgow (10am-4pm)
George Square, G2 1DU
Tuesday the 24 April – Edinburgh (10am-4pm)
The Mound Precinct, EH2 2EL
Find more information about the campaign at www.loveyourliver.org.uk
Following the successful Alcohol CPD courses held in 2014-2017; the line-up for the 2018 course is now announced, featuring some exciting new inputs. The CPD course is organised by the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, led by Dr Niamh Fitzgerald and will this year be held in Bath 11-13 September, 2018. The course is aimed at anyone wishing to gain an in-depth understanding and up to date insight into evidence and innovative practice in alcohol policy in the UK and internationally. Previous participants have included people working in public health, local and national alcohol policy, or alcohol research; from Iceland to New Zealand.
This year’s course will feature inputs from Prof. Anna Gilmore and colleagues from the University of Bath, Dr Carol Emslie from Glasgow Caledonian University, Dr James Nicholls from Alcohol Research UK, and Professor Karine Gallopel-Morvan from the EHESP School of Public Health, France. The course will also welcome the return of highly-rated inputs from leading experts such as Katherine Brown from the Institute of Alcohol Studies and Colin Shevills of Balance North East.
More information about the course and how to register can be found at http://www.ukctas.net/alcoholcpd
On 21 March, researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University and University of Stirling, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP), and the Institute for Alcohol Studies (IAS) organised an event in the Scottish Parliament on alcohol and gender. The event was hosted by MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton, who noted in his welcome speech that Scotland has an “unhealthy relationship with alcohol”. Whilst the harm caused by alcohol in Scotland is clear, new research show that the portrayal of women’s drinking, for example in the media, is framed as problematic despite that more Scottish men are dying from alcohol-related causes. Such portrayals may lead to a lack of attention to the groups most at risk of alcohol-related harm. Dr Carol Emslie and Dr Niamh Fitzgerald gave an overview of their research into gender stereotypes of alcohol consumption, which provides clear recommendations for future research, policy and practice. Importantly, their research also found that studies which explore the impact of policy interventions to a great extent suffer from “gender blindness”, in that they lack in-depth analysis of potentially differential effects on men and women, as well as unintended consequences.
During the second part of the event, Victoria Troy from SHAAP and Katherine Brown from IAS presented an overview of the Women and Alcohol seminars, held during 2017. The discussions during the events are summarised in a new report, launched on the day of the event. The focus of this seminar series was on challenges faced by women in relation to alcohol. A key issue that was raised during the presentation was around marketing of alcohol, which on the one hand has taken advantaged of female empowerment which is used in the framing advertising targeting women. On the other hand, there are ample examples of adverts aimed at men, using objectification and sexualisation of the female body to advertise alcohol products, which strongly undermine gender equality and female empowerment. Along a number of recommendations, the report specifically gave suggestions for how gender equality can be addressed through alcohol marketing policy interventions.
More information about alcohol and gender in Scotland, including the launched infographics, can be found at: https://www.genderandalcohol.co.uk/