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Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems. [SHAAP] (2018) Dying for a drink. Circumstances of, and contributory factors to, alcohol deaths in Scotland: results of a rapid literature review and qualitative research study. Edinburgh: SHAAP. 68 p.

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Alcohol-related deaths are higher in Scotland than in England and Wales where death rates are high by international standards. Although there has been a downward trend in deaths since the mid-2000s this may now have levelled off. As well as the number of deaths, alcohol causes or exacerbates many health conditions and has implications for families of drinkers, the justice system and society in general. The cost of alcohol misuse in 2007 was estimated to be £2.25 billion5. In 2009, the Scottish Government issued a new alcohol strategy, ‘Framework for Action’, which set out policies to reduce both alcohol consumption and the associated harms.

The impact of the 2009 strategy has now been evaluated7 and work is underway to refresh the strategy. Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) was commissioned by the Scottish Government in December 2017 to lead work to enhance understanding of the circumstances of and contributory factors to alcohol-related deaths (ARD) to inform recommendations for evidence-based services that will support prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery from alcohol-related problems. This document reports the results of that exercise.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:SHAAP
Date:October 2018
Pages:68 p.
Publisher:SHAAP
Corporate Creators:Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems
Place of Publication:Edinburgh
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
B Substances > Alcohol
P Demography, epidemiology, and history > Population dynamics > Substance related mortality / death
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom > Scotland

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