- Alcohol-specific deaths in Scotland increase
- Students as Change Agents
- Health charities call for action to save lives from Scotlands biggest killers
- Australian ministers agree to visible pregnancy warning
- Three quarters of Scots back new controls to help protect children from alcohol advertising
- More accurate estimates for the burden of Alcohol on the Ambulance Service: around 1 in 6 callouts in Scotland are alcohol related
- How can alcohol labels be improved to help people make informed consumption choices
- Health experts call for better alcohol labelling
- Young people and their views on alcohol marketing
- Lowest alcohol sales in Scotland for 26 years
- Minimum unit pricing has lasting impact study shows
- Euros renews call for action to protect children from alcohol sports sponsorship
- Current alcohol labelling of little relevance to young adult drinkers
- Governments should step up efforts to tackle harmful alcohol consumption
- Scottish public and leading health experts back changes to alcohol labelling
- AFS calls for 65p minimum unit price for alcohol
- How will the main parties prevent harm from alcohol?
- Alcohol labelling reform is way past its sell by date
- Alcohol policy priorities for the next parliament
- Young drinkers believe prominent health warnings on alcohol could boost risk awareness
- Alcohol and the Workplace Effective Interventions
- Alcohol sales and consumption in Scotland during the pandemic
- How can we prevent alcohol deaths?
- Alcohol Deaths and Minimum Unit Pricing
- Young Scots show support for restrictions on alcohol marketing
- YoungScot Health Panel report on alcohol marketing and harm
- New release of alcohol related hospital admissions
- Better alcohol labelling – A way to boost awareness of the risk between alcohol and cancer?
- Alcohol Deaths Prevention Support
- Almost half of Scots in favour of minimum unit pricing
- NICE Guidelines on FASD Surveillance or Support?
- Leading health charities call for action in Scotland
- Health experts campaign for better understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
- Health experts call for alcohol labelling overhaul
- Survey shows Scots lockdown drinking rise caused by stress
- Alcohol Focus Scotland welcomes new WHO report on alcohol pricing
- Statistical analysis of off-trade alcohol sales in the year following MUP
- Alcohol Focus Scotland Review of statements of licensing policy 2018 to 2023
- We need to continue long-term focus on alcohol
- Scots report changing drinking patterns during coronavirus lockdown
- Time to Blow the Whistle on Alcohol Sport Sponsorship
- New evidence demonstrates that alcohol ads lead to youth drinking
- Alcohol sales fall in first year of MUP
- First study published into under 18 drinkers post MUP
- Commission on Alcohol Harm calls for evidence
- Two years on Are annual functions reports reaching their potential?
- We need to do more to protect our children and young people
- Scottish primary children call for action on alcohol
- New Alcohol Deaths Prevention Support Now Available from AFS
- Its time to tell us whats in our drinks
- A home for Rory
- Making a bad impression - blog post
- Alcohol sales and MUP
- Alcohol marketing and children debate in the Scottish Parliament
- Lowest alcohol sales in 25 years
- Research into fall in violence
- The Children's Parliament investigates an alcohol-free childhood
- Minimum unit pricing one year on
- More about sales data
- A family of resources it is all about prevention, education and resilience
- AFS publish Review of Licensing Board Annual Functions Reports 2017-2018
- Marketing unmasked dispelling the myths and taking a stand
- No place for alcohol marketing in sport
- Scotland publishes first UK guidelines for diagnosing fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)
- The Alcohol Framework 2018 Preventing Harm
- Scotlands new drug and alcohol strategy launched
- AFS welcome new alcohol strategy
- Recent reporting on alcohol sales data
- Diageo is failing to provide latest guidelines on their products
- Drinks companies keeping consumers in dark about risky drinking
- Reducing alcohol consumption can address health inequalities
- Global first alcohol policy set to save hundreds of Scots' lives
- AFS welcomes minimum unit pricing for alcohol
- Truer picture of alcohol harm revealed
- Alcohol causes 3,700 deaths in Scotland every year
- Scotland's licensing system needs clearer direction
- Minimum pricing blog
- Minimum pricing gets green light
- Alcohol brands and young people
- Time for honest conversations about alcohol
- Q&A on alcohol marketing
- UK children anxious about parents' drinking
- Alcohol producers failing to inform public
- Concern over alcohol-related deaths
- We need to make it easier for people to drink less
- Worrying rise in alcohol-related deaths
- Minimum pricing will save lives
- Pocket money prices for alcohol continue
- Scotland's alcohol problem laid bare
- Cheap alcohol is costing Scotland dear
- One drink a day can increase breast cancer risk
- Poverty linked to increased harm from alcohol
- What next for reducing alcohol harm in Scotland?
- Scotland must do more to turn tide of alcohol harm
- Concern as funding for alcohol services cut
- Scottish Government urged to curb alcohol marketing
- Consumers have the right to know health risks
- Alcohol-free childhood is healthiest option
- SWA granted leave to appeal minimum pricing
- Scottish Greens call for action on alcohol marketing
- SWA will appeal to UK Supreme Court
- SWA urged to respect minimum pricing decision
- Minimum pricing can be implemented in Scotland
- AFS welcomes revised alcohol consumption guidelines
- Emergency services face shocking levels of alcohol abuse
- New toolkit to help children affected by family alcohol problems
- Alcohol campaigners unite to call for stronger protection from alcohol advertising to children
- No completely 'safe' level of drinking
- New alcohol guidelines published
- Minimum pricing - European court ruling
- Alcohol: a global concern
Students as Change Agents
In June Alcohol Focus Scotland was a challenge partner for the University of Edinburgh as part of their Students as Change Agents Programme. The programme is a living lab and allows students to work with external organisations to tackle real world issues and generate new ideas.
How can Scotland prevent lives being harmed by alcohol?
As part of the programme we asked the students to explore challenge question “How can Scotland prevent lives being harmed by alcohol?”
The students worked across three multi-disciplinary groups to learn more about Scotland’s relationship with alcohol, the impact this has and to generate ideas on how to reduce the impact of alcohol related harm. Each group generated a final report and presentation of their ideas which can be viewed here.
Students presented a range of ideas from their areas of research including targeted public health campaigns, use of alcohol mimicking substances, using digital devices to measure blood alcohol, restricting alcohol marketing and developing an app for young people with a wide range of functions and information to reduce alcohol harm.
Student Helena shared with us her experience of the project and why she was interested in finding out more about AFS’s challenge question.
“I chose the AFS challenge question that focuses on alcohol as having grown up in Scotland where underage drinking, often as young as 14, was normalised I saw first-hand how a negative drinking culture is formed. Now as a student I can see the harm alcohol causes within my peer group and the types of situations that encourage young adults to regularly drink more than the recommended maximum of units per week. I was therefore curious to find out more specific details about these situations and what was currently being done to help reduce the harm caused by alcohol in all age groups.
"Although I already knew Scotland had a drinking problem, I was shocked to learn that as many as 1 in 4 people in Scotland drink at a hazardous or harmful level i.e. more than 14 units per week. It was interesting to learn the statistics of alcohol related crime, particularly the cost of tackling alcohol related crime and that crime rates are 8 times higher in areas with the most alcohol outlets.
"My group decided to explore and research three main areas: Purchasing alcohol underage or selling to underage people, alcohol advertising and finally, ways to improve the safety of drinkers and help them monitor their drinking. We researched each of these problems and proposed a change/solution for each. These were, punishments for purchasing/selling alcohol to minors, enforcing the “Three A’s” (affordability, attractiveness, and availability) and exploring technological advancements such as alcohol blood concentration detection.
"From participating in this AFS project, in the future I would like to see Scotland further regulate alcohol marketing. This would be in an attempt to make alcohol less appealing to young adults and teenagers through having fewer and more controlled alcohol adverts, less stands selling alcohol at public events and the harms and risks of alcohol consumption being more widely known.”
Al Lawley-Powell, Students as Change Agents Project Manager, said: “As an idea lab, the aim of Students as Change Agents is not just to provide amazing development opportunities for students, but to contribute to positive social change and instil this as a long-term value of all participants and link them up to real-world challenges.
“We are grateful to Alcohol Focus Scotland for helping us make that happen and to offer students the opportunity to have a lasting impact on the communities they grew up in. I hope the contributions of students from the University of Edinburgh can offer some fresh insight and thinking on an incredibly important issue.”