Reducing harm caused by alcohol

Improving Scotland's Health: 2021 and Beyond Cross Party Group

In 2016, the ScotHealth 2021 Coalition, formed of Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS), ASH Scotland, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and Obesity Action Scotland (OAS), worked with MSPs to establish a new Cross-Party Group with a broader public health/prevention focus. The Group aims to join up thinking and experience in tackling health-harming commodities. Alcohol Focus Scotland and ASH Scotland continue to provide the Secretariat for the Group.

The purpose of the Group is:

  • to take a solutions-oriented focus on how to improve the health of the people of Scotland by reducing the health harms caused by alcohol, tobacco, poor diet and obesity and
  • to join up knowledge and learning, and to identify positive ways forward, with a range of stakeholders committed to improving public health and to preventing and reducing non-communicable diseases for the next generation.

The Group follows these agreed principles:

  • Public health: population measures are most effective and cost-effective
  • Rights: people have a right to health and wellbeing
  • Prevention: avoid harm rather than treat symptoms
  • Inequalities: reduce impacts on the most disadvantaged
  • Aspirational: make a difference for the next generation
  • Evidence: use best evidence & theories of change
  • Impartial: free of commercial or vested interest
  • Action: identify and take practical steps

You can find upcoming dates and meeting papers on the Improving Scotland’s Health: 2021 And Beyond Parliamentary website

Summary of year 2018 - 2019

Summary of year 2017 - 2018

Summary of year 2016 - 2017

Improving Scotland’s Health: 2021 and Beyond Cross-Party Group Privacy Policy September 2018


CPG Improving Scotland's health

ScotHealth Coalition and CPG Co-Convener.  From left to right: Lorraine Tulloch (Obesity Action Scotland), Alison Douglas (Alcohol Focus Scotland), Kenneth Gibson MSP (CPG Co-Convener), Eric Carlin (SHAAP), Sheila Duffy (ASH Scotland)