News — 2017

Latest news and updates from Scottish Families

Scottish Families always have news to share. Every day we deliver our services, attend events, work on campaigns, and speak with family members. Here is all the latest news from our team and our work. Find out more news on our Facebook page.

Scottish Government Urged to Curb Alcohol Marketing to Protect Children

In a report published today by Alcohol Focus Scotland, leading academics and health experts outline how the Scottish Government can reduce the unacceptably high levels of alcohol marketing that children and young people are exposed to. Children are very familiar with and influenced by alcohol brands and advertising campaigns, despite codes of practice which are […]

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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. In an exclusive interview for Funeral Zone’s blog, Billy explained why losing loved one to substance use can be especially painful and traumatic. “The big difference […]

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Time to speak out for children of alcoholics

‘I loved my dad and he loved me. I still miss him every day – his dry sense of humour, his idealism and passion for the underdog, his advice and northern common sense. He gave me so much. But sadly, one of those things was a childhood coloured by the excesses of his drinking. It’s […]

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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. My Family & Alcohol includes animations, videos and online self-assessment tools to help people think about how their drinking might be affecting family relationships and wellbeing. One in four adults in Scotland […]

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AHA Supports Calls to Protect Children from Alcohol Marketing

Responding to calls today from leading public health experts for greater controls on alcohol marketing to protect children, and the publication of articles in the journal Addiction which outline the latest evidence on the impact of alcohol marketing on children, Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA), said: “It is […]

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