Collaboration with Glasgow Caledonian University and NHS Lothian.
Managed alcohol programmes (MAPs) are a harm reduction approach where alcohol is provided in measured, regular doses throughout the day to people experiencing homelessness, alcohol use disorders and related challenges. Several studies of MAPs in Canada show promising results in terms of people’s health and alcohol use/related harms. This study involved qualitative interviews with stakeholders/commissioners, service managers/third sector staff and those who meet the criteria for MAPs, to ascertain their views on their potential. A case note review was also conducted to scope the target eligible population. The findings highlighted the need for MAPs in Scotland and several key components of MAPs were identified. Two papers have been published: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/dar.13178 and https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09687637.2021.1945536
Parkes T, Carver H, Matheson C, Browne T & Pauly B (2021) 'It's like a safety haven': Considerations for the implementation of Managed Alcohol Programs in Scotland. Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687637.2021.1945536
Carver H, Parkes T, Browne T, Matheson C & Pauly B (2021) Investigating the need for alcohol harm reduction and Managed Alcohol Programs for people experiencing homelessness and alcohol use disorders in Scotland. Drug and Alcohol Review, 40 (2), pp. 220-230. https://doi.org/10.1111/dar.13178