Annex C - What else are is the Scottish Government doing to reduce alcohol harms?
Minimum unit pricing is included within the Alcohol Framework: Preventing Harm, which was launched in November 2018 and follows the recommended international evidence-based approach to reducing alcohol harms as set out in the WHO Global Action Plan. The Framework contains 20 wide-ranging actions.
Also launched in November 2018, Rights, Respect, and Recovery (RRR) is the Government's alcohol and drug treatment strategy, which aims to improve health by preventing and reducing alcohol and drug use, harm and related deaths.
A 2021 monitoring report reviewed the delivery and impact of RRR since its launch and reported on a series of indicators related to the chapters of RRR. It describes policy interventions that have been made during this time, and highlights areas of improvement and gaps in knowledge. An indicators dashboard was also developed to sit alongside the report, where users can interact with the indicators used within the report online.
The Scottish Government considers a range of activities to support this including:
- Supporting the Public Health Scotland (PHS) review of Alcohol Brief Interventions
- Working towards a set of alcohol treatment standards and targets
- Working with the UK Government over the upcoming consultation on Alcohol Treatment Guidelines.
- Providing guidance and oversight on the improvement of alcohol treatment data, which will include a key role in the review of treatment data. This includes Drug and Alcohol Information System (DAISy) surveillance data and the PHS surveillance system.
- Lead on the analysis of the impact COVID-19 has had on alcohol treatment and what steps need to be taken to reduce waiting times etc.
- Engaging widely with influential senior stakeholders, including in the public, private and third sectors, academics and Public Health Scotland in particular to ensure policy delivery is coordinated and effective.
- Working in partnership with the Simon Community Scotland to pilot and evaluate a Managed Alcohol Programme in Glasgow.
Further information can be found on the Alcohol and Drug pages on the Scottish Government website.
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