Eric Carlin


Eric Carlin is the Director of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP).

Eric has been with SHAAP since 2012. He is also a teaching fellow at the University of Edinburgh.

Since 2010, Eric has been a member of the UK’s Independent Scientific Advisory Committee on Drugs. From 2008-2010 he was a member of the UK Government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD). He also served for six years each as Vice Chair of the UN NGO Committee on Drugs and as Chair on the English Drugs Education Forum.

From 2000 – 2009 Eric was Chief Executive of Mentor UK, a charity which focuses on promoting effective drug misuse prevention activities. Prior to that, from 2005, he was Chief Executive of Angel Drug Services, a London-based street drugs agency. He also served for three years as Chair of Islington Community Health Council in London.

Other work experience has included setting up joint planning systems to deliver Community Care services, managing local HIV prevention and treatment services and an international prevention project for the British Red Cross.

Eric holds a PhD in Youth Studies from the University of London. His research explored how theories of social exclusion, resilience and social capital can describe contemporary youth transition experiences in Pilton, Edinburgh.


SHAAP runs a series of expert workshops and seminars throughout the year. This year’s theme is Recovery.


We run a series of ‘alcohol occasionals’ in conjunction with SARN; details of our current programme can be found here:


We are funded by a grant from the Scottish Government. The project is housed within the RCPE.

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