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    Statistical analysis of off-trade alcohol sales in the year following MUP

    10 June 2020

    New report published by Public Health Scotland showed there had been a reduction in off-sales of alcohol of between 4% and 5% in the year after minimum unit pricing was introduced.

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    Alcohol Focus Scotland Review of statements of licensing policy 2018 to 2023

    08 June 2020

    AFS reviewed the policies published in November 2018 to identify any emerging trends in licensing approaches, and the extent to which the documents meet legal requirements and go beyond them to incorporate good practice. Read more.

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    Scotland needs to continue long-term focus on alcohol

    01 May 2020

    Scottish Government must keep a long-term view to managing Scotland’s problematic relationship with alcohol.

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    We need to continue long-term focus on alcohol

    01 May 2020

    Minimum unit pricing has been in place for two years, but what impact will the current circumstances have?

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    Scots report changing drinking patterns during coronavirus lockdown

    23 April 2020

    Polling suggests more than a million adults in Scotland have cut down on drinking

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    Five top tips for working remotely

    24 March 2020

    In this blog, Brian, senior learning and development coordinator shares his five top tips for working remotely.

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    Time to Blow the Whistle on Alcohol Sport Sponsorship

    04 March 2020

    Alcohol Focus Scotland and SHAAP call for ban on alcohol sponsorship of sport

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    New evidence demonstrates that alcohol ads lead to youth drinking

    24 February 2020

    New evidence concludes that the marketing of alcoholic drinks is one cause of underage drinking.

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    First study published into under 18 drinkers post MUP

    23 January 2020

    Health Scotland publish first study looking into under 18 drinkers post MUP.

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    Commission on Alcohol Harm calls for evidence

    06 January 2020

    The Commission on Alcohol Harm has launched a call for evidence as part of its inquiry into alcohol harm and the changes needed to reduce the harm caused by alcohol.

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