Online Masterclass: Qualitative Research

The Society for the Study of Addiction sponsored a conference on conducting qualitative addiction research in March 2020, and the four Masterclass lectures and interviews are now freely available online. They provide a useful resource for qualitative researchers looking to develop their skills and careers.   The speakers are Prof Carol Emslie (Glasgow Caledonian University) on alcohol, Dr Caitlin Notley (UEA) on smoking, Dr Polly Radcliffe (KCL) on drugs and Prof Gerda Reith (University of Glasgow) on gambling. 

Carol Emslie’s lecture on qualitative methods drawing on the LGBT+ and alcohol project funded by SHAAP:

All lectures / interviews available here:

Scottish Government Launches Count 14 Campaign

On March 11th 2019, the Scottish Government launched Count 14, a national alcohol public information campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the UK CMOs’ lower-risk guidelines of 14 units per week, what one unit and 14 units mean in terms of specific alcoholic drinks and the health risks of drinking more than 14 units on a regular basis.

To find out more about the healthy drinking guidelines visit: 

The second PhD student and Early Career Researcher Symposium held in Edinburgh

SHAAP and SARN were delighted to organise the second PhD student and Early Career Researcher Symposium on 19 November 2018. Following the success of the first symposium in 2016, the second one was organised as an official satellite event to the 8th European Alcohol Policy Conference (EAPC). The event was attended by PhD students, ECRs, academics and clinicians affiliated with SHAAP and SARN, and attendees of the 8EAPC.

© SARN/Malcolm Cochrane Photography

The Symposium, included presentations from PhD students and ECRs at various stages of their career, ranging from early on in the PhD process to those working as postdoctoral researchers. Six of the presenters were from Scotland, one from Ireland and one from Texas, USA. Topics ranged from marketing and young people, to alcohol use in pregnancy and reducing alcohol consumption in university students.

© SARN/Malcolm Cochrane Photography

More information about this event will be made available in the New Year, when SHAAP will publish a report summarising the presentations and discussions that took place on the 19 of November. The report from the first Symposium is available here.

Presenters at the Symposium:

  • Ben Butterworth, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Susan Calnan, University College Cork
  • Clare Sharp, University of Stirling
  • Nathan Critchlow, University of Stirling
  • Max G Griswold, RAND Corporation
  • Annie Taylor, Edinburgh Napier University

© SARN/Malcolm Cochrane Photography

New Alcohol Framework launched

The Scottish Government launched the new Alcohol Framework, which sets out the aims for alcohol prevention, on 20 November 2018. The Framework was launched by the Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, Joe Fitzpatrick, during the 8th European Alcohol Policy Conference, hosted by the Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) along with Eurocare at the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh. The Framework sets out 20 action areas for national alcohol prevention and is available here

© SHAAP/Malcolm Cochrane Photography