National Publications

This page contains links to some of the key national publications that set out the policy context and evidence for reducing alcohol and drug-related harm in Scotland.

Changing Scotland's Relationship with Alcohol: A Framework for Action    

The Framework published in March 2009 sets out the Scottish Government’s strategic approach to tackling alcohol misuse in Scotland.  Scotland's alcohol strategy is due to be updated in 2017.

The Road to Recovery: A New Approach to Tackling Scotland's Drug Problem

The Road to Recovery published in May 2008 is the national strategy for drug misuse in Scotland.  It focuses on recovery, looking at treatment and rehabilitations, and also considers enforcement, and protecting children and communities.

The Quality Principles: Standard Expectations of Care and Support in Drug and Alcohol Services 

The Quality Principles, published in 2014, have been developed to ensure anyone looking  to address their problem drug and/or alcohol use receives high-quality treatment and support that assists long-term, sustained recovery and keeps them safe from harm.

Chief Medical Officer Low Risk Drinking Guidelines 

Summary of the new low risk drinking guidelines introduced in 2016 by the Chief Medical Officer.  The guidelines were updated in the light of new evidence on the health effects of alcohol which means there is no amount that a person can drink without there being a risk to their health.

Quality Alcohol Treatment and Support (QATS)                                                   

The report, published in 2011 by the Scottish Ministerial Advisory Committee for Alcohol Problems (SMACAP), builds on existing guidance and continues to advocate for a stepped care, tiered approach to alcohol treatment and support.

Investigating the role of benzodiazepines in drug-related mortality

This 2016 Report presents the findings of a systematic review of evidence commissioned by the National Forum on Drug-Related Deaths in relation to benzodiazepines and the role they play in such deaths.



Page last updated: 05 January 2017



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