Project

Scoping the feasibility and acceptability of Managed Alcohol Programmes for people who are homeless in community-based, third sector services in Scotland.

Funded by Chief Scientist Office.

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

Total award value £33,000.27

People

Professor Tessa Parkes
Professor Tessa Parkes

Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences

Professor Catriona Matheson
Professor Catriona Matheson

Professor in Substance Use, Faculty of Social Sciences

Dr Hannah Carver
Dr Hannah Carver

Lecturer in Substance Use, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology