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


Draft Drug and Alcohol Strategy open for feedback

The Scottish Government has published the draft of the drug and alcohol strategy, called All Together Now: our strategy to address the harms of alcohol and drugs in Scotland. The draft strategy is open for comments and feedback by partners and stakeholders, with the deadline of Friday 5 October.

The PDF of the draft strategy and information on how to contribute to the engagement process can be found here.

Call for poster abstracts for the European Alcohol Policy Conference

The European Alcohol Policy Conference, hosted in Edinburgh on 20-21 November 2018, is a great opportunity for SARN members to get involved with researchers, government representatives and third sector organisations from all over Europe. The organisers have announced a call for poster presentations, covering six topics:

  • Justice
  • Health
  • Gender
  • Economics
  • Youth
  • Recovery

How to submit your poster proposal

The deadline for submission of poster proposals is Monday 8 October 2018. Please send your poster proposal to

You will receive a confirmation email once the document has been received. All notifications of outcome will be sent out by Friday 19 October 2018.


Please submit to us an abstract of a maximum of 300 words, outlining the content of your poster. Please also including a short title, your name, organisation, email address and country. If your poster proposal is accepted, you must register as a conference delegate and do the following:

  • Create and print an A0 size poster based on the accepted abstract
  • Bring your poster to the conference venue (Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh) by 19 November 2018
  • During the allocated times specified in the conference agenda, you must remain by your poster to answer questions and engage with delegates

The organisers will present an award certificate and £100 prize for the best poster. If you have any questions, then please get in touch with the organisers.

Love Your Liver Scotland Roadshow

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