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Minimum Unit Alcohol Pricing

Copy of a letter from Dr Peter Rice to the



The story of the implementation of Minimum Unit Price for alcohol is a lengthy one and few of your readers will have set aside the time to read the 33 pages of the ECJ Advocate General’s opinion on the MUP legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament in May 2012.


WHO Invitation to the Global Virtual Discussion Forum

WHO GCM/NCD Dialogues are a part of efforts to advocate for and raise awareness of the urgency of implementing the Global Action Plan for the prevention and control of Noncommunicable diseases, 2013-2020.


Eurocare Welcome Council Conclusions “An EU Strategy on the reduction of alcohol related harm”

Eurocare welcomes the Council’s call for an EU Alcohol Strategy 2016-2022 on the 7thDecember 2015. “Prevention of alcohol related harm is a smart investment for the economy as it costs Europe 2-3% of GDP, it cuts long-term healthcare expenditures and at the same time raises workforce productivity,” says Mariann Skar, Secretary General of Eurocare. “The Commission now needs to respond as both the Council and the Parliament are calling for a new EU Alcohol Strategy. The lack of a Strategy is currently undermining Europe’s efforts for jobs and growth“.


NEW report: LGBT people's drinking in Scotland

SHAAP is pleased to announce the publication of new research into LGBT people's drinking in Scotland. The research was undertaken by researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University and examined how LGBT people experience and understand alcohol consumption in Scotland, as well as analysing their views on stereotypes around LGBT drinking, their perceptions of alcohol advice and services, and barriers which may exist for LGBT groups.


Council Register paper- An EU strategy on the reduction of alcohol related harm

Please click here to access a note from the Working Party on Public Health on the adoption of the Draft Council Conclusions on "An EU strategy on the reduction of alcohol related harm" by the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council meeting on 7 December 2015.


New EMCDDA report: Comorbidity of substance use and mental disorders in Europe

The publication looks at the co-occurrence of drug use problems (including alcohol) and mental health disorders, taking in the theoretical background of psychiatric comorbidity, the tools for clinical diagnosis and the prevalence and clinical relevance of the problem in Europe.


Health investments in the EU: Commission launches mapping report showing use of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

In the context of the project “Effective use of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) for health investments in the programming period 2014-2020”, co-financed by the EU Health Programme, the Commission has launched a mapping report providing an overview of actions that Member States envisage for support from ESIF in the health sector in the programming period 2014-2020.


Social representations of alcoholism constructed by non-drinkers – a new study from Brazil

With the understanding that public beliefs about alcoholism could be important for the implementation of policies and practices of health, Brazilian researchers investigated the social representations of alcoholism constructed by non-drinkers.


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

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.


By the thousandth: EU deputies want to tackle alcohol abuse more strongly, but face substantial opposition

Source: Elisa Simantke, Der Tagesspiegel, Translated by: John Kleineaschoff

An alcohol-free Oktoberfest in Bavaria? France without champagne? Scotland without high-percentage whiskey? Hardly imaginable. Alcohol gives many European regions their identity – and it is a cash cow.