Alcohol - From Action to Awareness, Dr. Peter Rice - SHAAPPresentation Transcript
From Awareness to Action –The Scottish ExperienceDr Peter Rice MB, ChB, FRCPsych, FRCPEChair,Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems
It’s aye been like this…..
IT’S ALL ABOUTTHEM NOT US
ISD 2005ISD 2005Alcohol Related Deaths in Scotland 1980 - 2003
British Liver Trust / ONS 2009UK MORTALITY TRENDS
WHAT IS SCOTTISH HEALTHACTION ON ALCOHOL PROBLEMS ?
The strategic aim of industry actors is to be perceived as key partners in the policymaking process.They defend their right to be consulted on policy issues as relevant stakeholdersIndustry able to offer policy solutions to ministers faced with a multitude ofproblems and finite resources to address them.Deliberate tactic to use the iconic nature of whisky…as a way to underminesupport for Minimum Unit Pricing.Holden, Hawkins and McCambridgeAlcohol Research UK 2012THE ALCOHOL INDUSTRY’S RESPONSE
The opinion of the Court of Session was that:•Alcohol pricing was an issue on which member states have authorityto pass legislation.•Restrictions on trade can be justified on health grounds.•There must be good grounds to expect that the measureproposed will achieve the government’s stated aims.•The expected effectiveness of the measure must be well groundedand likely to be more effective than other measures in achieving theaims of the legislation.•European legislation regarding trade harmonisation do not deal withhealth considerations which remain the responsibility of memberstates.
The opinion concludes:In my opinion none of the challenges tothe minimum pricing measures is wellfounded. There is no proper basis forthe petitioners being granted any of theremedies which they seek. The petitionis refused.
ALCOHOL DEATHS ARE STARTING TO FALL…..AFTER A 20 YEARS RISE
LESSONS FROM SCOTLAND• Data is important.• Have an overall game plan…..but keep your eye on the ball.• Different organisations have different strengths. Front line staff have aspecial role in public campaigns.• Producers and retailers are obliged to act in their shareholders bestinterest.• You need luck AND skill.• It doesn’t end………