Reducing harm caused by alcohol

Supporting local action

AFS works with local Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs) across Scotland to support them in effectively implementing national policy at local level.

The Scottish Government has funded an AFS post to support this area of work until October 2017.

Much of our support to date has been around influencing local licensing policy and encouraging communities to get involved in the licensing process. 

We develop practical tools such as the licensing toolkit which many ADPs have used when working with licensing boards on their policies, and a community licensing toolkit to help people understand and navigate the licensing process. We are particularly grateful for the support of Edinburgh and Glasgow community members in road-testing this toolkit.

Lanarkshire ADP helped us trial our resources for children and families affected by alcohol, while in North Ayrshire we have been working with people recovering from alcohol problems to better understand the barriers to recovery.

We regularly hold events to bring ADP coordinators together to talk about current alcohol issues and share ideas. The next networking event will take place in May.

Our resources section contains a range of local publications including local alcohol cost profiles and local outlet density and harm profiles.