Enlightened Alcohol Policy for the 21st Century

SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems) and Eurocare (The European Alcohol Policy Alliance) are the organisers of the 8th European Alcohol Policy Conference (8EAPC), which will be hosted at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Scotland, on 20th and 21st November 2018. This is the eighth in a series of very successful European Alcohol Policy Conferences (Warsaw 2004, Helsinki 2006, Barcelona 2008, Brussels 2010, Stockholm 2012, Brussels 2014 and Ljubljana 2016).

Through the prism of humanist and rationalist views from the Scottish and European Enlightenment, which emphasised evidence-based scientific principles, the 8EAPC presentations will re-assert the importance of enlightened policies to bring practical benefits for the individual and society as a whole.

We are expecting around 300 delegates, and presentations will be made by Government ministers and officials, representatives from the World Health Organization, the European Commission and leading NGOs, as well as top academics and authors.

The venue for the event, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE), was at the very centre of the 18th Century Scottish Enlightenment and continues to promote innovation in Public Health, in Scotland and at international level.

"It's when we start working together that the real healing takes place..."

David Hume (1711-1776), Scottish Philosopher




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In the media

Early age drinking in spotlight

The hidden harms of drink

EU support for alcohol recovery

22 October 2018


Drinks industry under pressure to provide clear labelling

One-minute video: Could Enlightenment thinking tackle the problems that emerge from our relationship with alcohol?

05 September 2018

Report shows clear gender bias in the way drinking is reported on

Limit access to and marketing of alcohol, experts advise

25 September 2018


We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support:

Alcohol Focus Scotland
Institute of Alcohol Studies
NHS Health Scotland

About the event location

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JQ.

The RCPE is based in Queen Street in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The RCPE is also a unique historic venue and its Victorian and Georgian rooms are filled with stunning original architectural features.

Organised by:


Supported by:

Scottish Government
Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh

Contact Us: 8eapc@rcpe.ac.uk


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