Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland's Alcohol Strategy

In 2010 we were tasked with evaluating Scotland’s alcohol strategy. The programme we established to do this was called Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy (MESAS).  We worked with our partners at NHS National Services Scotland Information Services Division to deliver the programme. Our final annual report and infographics were published in March 2016. 

The report notes that alcohol harm in Scotland has been falling over the last decade. Parts of the Scottish Government’s alcohol strategy have contributed to this decline.

The problems caused by alcohol in Scotland remain at a high level. The report provides recommendations of what more needs to be done to ensure improvements continue. This includes evidence in support of the introduction of minimum unit pricing and continued monitoring of alcohol consumption and price.

We updated alcohol sales and price band analyses using 2015 data in May 2016. You may be interested in infographics and supporting datasets that summarise the findings.

What the MESAS programme looked at

The MESAS programme looked at the following questions.

  • How might the strategy be implemented differently to improve effectiveness?
  • Are some people and businesses affected - both positively and negatively - more than others?
  • How and to what extent has implementing the package of measures, taken together and/or individually, contained in the Scottish alcohol strategy contributed to reducing alcohol related harms?

We took a ‘theory of change’ approach to address the evaluation questions presented above. The theory of change assumed that alcohol related harms will reduce if alcohol consumption goes down.

Our evaluation included eight separate studies and there are five previous annual reports that you can access on our MESAS resources page.