Alcohol Misuse

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 21st March 2011.

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Photo of Richard Simpson Richard Simpson Labour

Question S3W-40568

To ask the Scottish Executive what assessment it has made since May 2007 of the incidence and prevalence of alcohol-related brain damage.

Photo of Richard Simpson Richard Simpson Labour

Question S3W-40569

To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has made since May 2007 in relation to the incidence and prevalence of alcohol-related brain damage.

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

Since May 2007, the Scottish Government has continued work to translate the principles and recommendations of Mind the Gaps (2003) and A Fuller Life (2004) reports into practical advice on action needed to move the joint agenda forward and support joined-up local delivery to improve the awareness, support and service provision for people who have both mental health and substance misuse problems.

The Closing the Gaps – Making a Difference report, published in December 2007, sets out six recommendations to be implemented by a range of partners including: NHS boards, Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs) (formerly Alcohol and Drug Action Teams (ADATs)) and local authorities.

In 2010, the Mental Welfare Commission (MWC) Missed Opportunities report set out two recommendations for the Scottish Government in relation to alcohol-related brain damage. We have sought and received the advice of the Scottish Ministerial Advisory Committee on Alcohol Problems (SMACAP) Essential Services Working Group on these recommendations and are currently considering next steps.

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