Here you will find news articles, press releases and occasional blogs about the charity's activities.

Treating Alcohol like Milk and Bread

With the new Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) policy on alcohol just started at the beginning of May, an alliance of medical and clinical advisers now say that MUP is only part of the overall solution to Scotland's relationship with alcohol, which is a key factor in nearly 4,000 deaths per year.

This group which includes Scottish Health Action of Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) now suggests that further restrictions on shopping hours for alcohol could further reduce impulse buying and harmful levels of consumption.

What will Minimum Unit Pricing achieve?

In order to explain exactly why this new Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) policy has been introduced on alcohol products as from 1st May 2018, Jim Bett, Service manager at Kirkcaldy-based Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS) stated that “Scotland has a very troubled relationship with alcohol, and as a nation, we drink 40% more than the low risk drinking guidelines of 14 units of alcohol per week for men and women.”

“The whole of Scotland is affected by alcohol-related harm and Fife is no exception,” said Jim “On average, alcohol misuse causes around 700 hospital admissions and 22 deaths every week and this costs Scotland an enormous £3.6 billion every year. That is £900 for every adult!”

New Alcohol Tax loopholes become evident

“The controversial new law which states that from 1st May no alcohol can be sold in Scottish shops or bars for less than 50p per unit has got several glaring loopholes which have become evident” said Jim Bett, Service Manager at Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS).

“It's a worrying fact but detailed guidance just published by the Scottish Government has revealed that some people will be able to sidestep the new law by using online or telephone sales, or even 'click and collect' services and these will be exempt from the new tax, provided the alcohol is despatched from outside Scotland.”

Liver Disease and early Deaths

“With well over 40,000 hospital admissions every year due to alcohol, liver disease is going to be the main cause of early deaths” said Jim Bett, service manager at Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS). “Alcohol and obesity are the main causes of liver issues and what is very concerning is that many of those dying are young or in middle age.”

It has been predicted that by 2020, liver disease will have overtaken heart disease with 80,000 working years lost annually, and this was confirmed by Professor Nick Sheron, liver expert from the University of Southampton who was heavily involved in research recently published in The Lancet medical journal.

FASS: A Bold Future

At a packed meeting at the Town House in Kirkcaldy, venue for this year's AGM for Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS), Jim Bett, Service Manager at FASS outlined the many successes of the past 12 months and also pointed the way forward for a bold and exciting future for the Kirkcaldy-based Charity.

Now in its 40th year of operation, FASS has been a major provider of specialist services for people with alcohol-related problems in Fife, including an alcohol counselling service and a well-used self-help web service.