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Scottish Families Spring Newsletter

Our new newsletter is available for all to read and find out more about the work of our staff and our services of family support groups, helpline volunteering, community work and fundraising.

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Scottish Government Urged to Curb Alcohol Marketing to Protect Children

Removing alcohol adverts from streets and public transport, and phasing out alcohol sponsorship in sport are among the steps that should be taken to prevent alcohol companies reaching our children. 

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Billy Alexander talks to Funeral Zone about SFAD’s vital bereavement support

Billy Alexander, bereavement support services coordinator at Scottish Families, has spoken to online bereavement resource Funeral Zone about the unique challenges of grief after a drugs or alcohol-related death.

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Time to speak out for children of alcoholics

In a deeply personal post, Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth recalls the childhood experiences that have led him to push government to provide more support for families blighted by alcoholism. 

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Online Help for Families Affected by Alcohol

Alcohol Focus Scotland has developed a website to help people explore how their drinking is affecting their family and access help if required.

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AHA Supports Calls to Protect Children from Alcohol Marketing

Responding to calls today (January 10th 2017) from leading public health experts for greater controls on alcohol marketing to protect children.

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A welcomed response from Wayne Gault, ADP, to the impacts on children of moderate parental alcohol consumption.

The Alcohol and Families Alliance together with the Institute of Alcohol Studies and Alcohol Focus Scotland are working on a new research project into parental drinking and its impact on children. Wayne Gault of ADP Aberdeenshire highlights his observations. 

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Scottish Greens Call for Action to Protect Children from Alcohol Marketing

The Scottish Greens have added their support to Alcohol Focus Scotland's campaign to end alcohol marketing in childhood. The #alcoholfreekids campaign is also endorsed by children's charities, health groups, NHS boards, local Alcohol and Drug Partnerships, and more than 30 MSPs.

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Scotlands Alcohol Campaigners Criticise Arrogant Scotch Whisky Association For Appealing Minimum Pricing

Alcohol Focus Scotland and SHAAP say the Scotch Whisky Association’s intention to appeal the Court of Session ruling on minimum pricing for alcohol “beggars belief” and shows they only care about the profits of their member companies. 

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135,000 Alcohol Related Cancer Deaths Predicted by 2035

ALCOHOL will cause around 135,000 cancer deaths over the next 20 years and will cost the NHS an estimated £2 billion in treatments, according to estimates from a new report by Sheffield University, commissioned by Cancer Research UK.

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