Gender and Alcohol

A new report launched on Mach 21, 2018 by Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) addresses some of the challenges faced by women in relation to alcohol and is supported by infographics developed by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and the University of Stirling.

Recommendations from Women and Alcohol: Key Issues include better collaboration between researchers, practitioners, women’s rights groups, and those with lived experience of alcohol harm; restrictions put in place for all forms of alcohol marketing, including online, which employ sexualised images and messaging relating to women; more women-only spaces in alcohol services, and more residential treatment and recovery support for women and children.

The report draws on findings from a series of consultation events held in Edinburgh and London in 2017 about the relationships between alcohol and women, including:
# The stigmatising of certain women’s drinking behaviours
# The motivations and behaviours of alcohol producers, with a product to sell.

Supporting the event, Dr Carol Emslie, Glasgow Caledonian University, and Dr Niamh Fitzgerald, University of Stirling, will present new Infographics on Men, Women and Alcohol in Scotland, intended to challenge stereotypes and stigmatising attitudes about gender and drinking.  Men and women’s alcohol consumption is still treated differently; women are judged more harshly if they have been drinking, while men’s behaviour is more likely to be excused.

Find more from

Read the SHAAP/IAS report: Women and Alcohol: Key Issues

Links to GCU/Stirling/NHS Health Scotland research


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