COVID-19 and People with Alcohol-related Problems: Recommendations for Services

Published by

COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving pandemic with national advice and guidance updated regularly.

The fact that alcohol may no longer be consumed in public places, increases risks related to home drinking, where alcohol is cheaper, compounded by the stress that the current situation is causing.

This guidance has been drawn up by the Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP), at the request of the Scottish Government.

The publication provides recommendations for Alcohol Services, to enable them to reduce risks and ensure continued support for people with alcohol-related problems in the context of COVID-19.

The paper provides recommendations for:

  • COVID-19, alcohol and vulnerable groups
  • Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs) and Commissioners
  • Clinical and Service Managers
  • Community Service Managers
  • Mutual aid and support groups