Alcohol Occasional Seminars: Alcohol, Europe and the World

SHAAP/SARN Alcohol Occasional Seminars, 2015–16: Alcohol, Europe and the World

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) are pleased to announce our programme for the lunchtime ‘Alcohol Occasional’ seminars, 2015-16. These showcase innovative research on alcohol use and provide the chance for researchers, practitioners and policy makers and members of the public to hear and discuss alcohol related topics.

The theme for this seminar series, from October 2015, is ‘Alcohol, Europe and the World’. This series of presentations will provide insights and stimulate discussion about alcohol in different cultural contexts, drawing on a range of disciplines and opening up debate about implications for policy and practice. Following the seminars, SHAAP will produce briefing papers, which will aim to capture the main themes and to communicate these to a wider audience. You can access reports from previous seminars here.

All of the Alcohol Occasional seminars will be run in conjunction with the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and will take place from 12.30 – 14.00 at their historic premises at 9 Queen Street Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ. Lunch will be provided free of charge.

Thursday, 29th October 2015 Professor Moira Plant, University of the West of England and Curtin University, Perth, Australia GENACIS: Gender, alcohol and culture: An international study
Tuesday, 8th December 2015 Katherine Brown, Director, Institute of Alcohol Studies, London Corporate social responsibility and the global alcohol producers: Winners and losers
Thursday, 4th February 2016 Dr Richard Cooke, Department of Psychology, Aston University, Birmingham European survey of University student alcohol use: The CALIBRATE project
Tuesday, 1st March 2016 Mariann Skar, Secretary General, Eurocare (European Alcohol Policy Alliance) What’s not on the bottle?: Alcohol labelling in Europe
Thursday, 19th May 2016 Neeraj Bhala, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham Hypothesising ethnic differences in alcohol-related harms and alcoholic liver disease
Tuesday, 14th June 2016 Francisca Maria Roman, University College, London Adolescent binge drinking in Chile: Does it matter which school they go to?

 Important: These events are extremely popular and places are limited. Please confirm if you would like to attend these events. You can register via EventBrite by clicking on the title of the event(s) you wish to attend. If you have not booked, you will not have a place.

Call for Alcohol Occasional Proposals

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) are pleased to announce a Call for Proposals to present at our lunchtime ‘Alcohol Occasional’ seminars. These showcase innovative research on alcohol use and provide the chance for researchers, practitioners and policy makers and members of the public to hear and discuss alcohol related topics, over lunch in the historic Royal College of Physicians in Queen Street, Edinburgh.

The theme for the forthcoming seminar series, from October 2015, is ‘Alcohol, Europe and the World’. We’re particularly interested in presentations which provide insights and can stimulate discussion about alcohol in different cultural contexts, drawing on a range of disciplines and opening up debate about implications for policy and practice.

Following the seminars, SHAAP will produce briefing papers, which will aim to capture the main themes and to communicate these to a wider audience. You can access reports from previous here.

The 2015–2016 seminars will take place from 12.30–14.00 on the following dates
29th October 2015 • 8th December • 4th February 2016 • 1st March • 19th May • 14th June.

If you are interested in presenting your work, please email Eric Carlin, SHAAP Director, at shaap.director@rcpe.ac.uk by 31st August 2015 with a proposal of no more than 300 words.

EU Failure to Provide Alcohol Strategy leads to mass resignation.

Neglecting the advice of experts in the field and the prioritising of alcohol industry interest has resulted in over 20 NGOs resigning from the EU Alcohol and Health Forum.

The resignations including, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) have come amidst claims that the failure to provide a coherent alcohol strategy neglects the public health concerns voiced by many member states and will result in an inability to tackle the problems associated with alcohol. This position has been echoed by Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon during a speech in Brussels on the 2nd of June, in which she argued:

“Some years ago, the Scottish Parliament voted to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol, to tackle alcohol harm in our society.

“Our ability to do that has been challenged, and is currently being considered by Scottish courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

“We know from their support for our case that many other member states support us. My view is that the Commission and EU policy should recognise that.

“They should give a higher priority to enabling member states to take the decisions they deem necessary to protect life and promote health.”

For more information, please have a look at: http://www.shaap.org.uk/news/health-bodies-resign-from-eu-alcohol-forum.html

Alcohol in 2015 Manifestos

Last year an All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse (APPG) was released urging political partied to adopt 10 key alcohol policies ahead of the 2015 election.

The recommendations were as follows:

1. Make reducing alcohol harms the responsibility of a single government minister with clear accountability

2. Introduce a minimum unit price for alcoholic drinks

3. Introduce public health as a fifth licensing objective, enabling local authorities to make licensing decisions based on local population health need and the density of existing outlets

4. Strengthen regulation of alcohol marketing to protect children and young people

5. Increase funding for treatment and raise access levels from 6% to 15% of problem drinkers

6. Commissioners should prioritise the delivery of Identification and Brief Advice. Identification and Brief Advice should be delivered in a wide range of different settings including health care, involving GPs routinely asking questions, and in-workplace programmes

7. Include a health warning on all alcohol labels and deliver a government-funded national public awareness campaign on alcohol-related health issues

8. For all social workers, midwives and healthcare professionals, introduce mandatory training on parental substance misuse, foetal alcohol syndrome disorder and alcohol-related domestic violence

9. Reduce the blood alcohol limit for driving in England and Wales to 50mg/100ml, starting with drivers under the age of 21

10. Introduce the widespread use of sobriety orders to break the cycle of alcohol and crime, antisocial behaviour and domestic violence

Find out what the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and Green Party have to say about alcohol in their 2015 manifestos at: http://www.alcoholpolicy.net/2015/04/main-party-manifestos-quiet-on-alcohol-policy-and-minimum-pricing-.html

New Member’s Bill: Alcohol (Licensing, Public Health and Criminal Justice) (Scotland) Bill

On the 1st April 2015, Richard Simpson MSP introduced a new Member’s Bill aimed at reducing and dealing with alcohol abuse.

The core objectives of the Bill are to improve public health by discouraging irresponsible alcohol consumption, and to tackle the consequences in terms of antisocial and criminal behaviour. The Bill sets out ten measures which look to: place restrictions on alcohol retailing and advertising; make changes to licensing laws; place obligations on the Scottish Ministers to publish, review and report on alcohol education policy; and direct certain people whose offending or antisocial behaviour is attributable to alcohol consumption towards treatment or restriction on that consumption.

Full details of the Bill can be found at: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/Bills/88187.aspx