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

Serving Fife for 40 Years

At a packed meeting at the Town House in Kirkcaldy, venue for this year's Annual General Meeting for Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS), Jim Bett, Service Manager at FASS highlighted the success of the Kirkcaldy-based Charity’s volunteer alcohol counsellors who have served the people of Fife for 40 years.

Jim recounted that “over the years, 200 volunteer counsellors trained by FASS had used their specialist skills to help people overcome their difficulties with alcohol and improve their health and well-being.”

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Alcohol Consumption in Fife

“In a very recent Scottish Health Survey, there was a section devoted entirely to people living in the Kingdom of Fie” said Jim Bett, service manager at Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS) based at Kirkcaldy.

Jim continued “70% of respondents said that they drank alcohol in their own home or a friend's house, compared to 4% who stated they drank alcohol in a pub and 3% who drank alcohol in a restaurant.

Additionally, 71% of respondents said they bought most of their alcohol from a supermarket or other off-licence.”

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!”