How alcohol affects people around the drinker
New research, Unrecognised and under-reported, examines how alcohol impacts on people around the drinker causing stress, distress and disharmony to family members, friends, colleagues and the wider community.
- 1 in 2 people report being harmed as a result of someone else's drinking
- 1 in 3 people report having heavy drinkers in their lives
- Younger people under 35 are four times more likely to report harm from other in public places, such as on the street or in the workplace
- Those who know heavy drinkers are more likely to report harm from others in private settings such as at home, or with neighbours or friends.
New licensing policy statements
The policy statement must seek to promote the 5 licensing objectives:
- preventing crime and disorder
- securing public safety
- preventing public nuisance
- protecting and improving public health
- protecting children from harm
A factsheet on preparing a licensing policy statement is part of our Licensing Toolkit
Scotland in process of introducing 50p minimum price
There is strong international evidence that tackling price can help reduce alcohol consumption and related harm. Minimum unit pricing is an effective policy because it targets the drinkers causing the most harm to themselves and society, whilst having very little effect on moderate drinkers.
The introduction of minimum pricing in Scotland has been delayed until the conclusion of legal proceedings brought by the alcohol industry.
Find out more about minimum pricing
App for young people affected by another's drinking
Alcohol Focus Scotland has developed a free smartphone app called YPAAD (Young People Affected by Another's Drinking) which gives advice and sources of support for teenagers who are affected by alcohol problems in their family.
YPAAD is aimed at 11-16 year olds who can use the app to explore how another person's drinking is affecting them, see and hear stories from other teenagers who are in a similar situation, and access a directory of support services.
Alcohol and health
Alcohol is a leading cause of ill-health, injury and preventable death.
Personal Licence Holder training
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Many people recover from alcohol problems - the first step is actually deciding to get help.
14 February - working with children using our resources.