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




Call for Posters

Build your profile by having your work on alcohol policy displayed at the 8EAPC. Potential viewers include Government ministers and officials, representatives from the World Health Organization, the European Commission, leading NGOs and top academics.

We are looking for posters covering six topics:

  • Justice
  • Health
  • Gender
  • Economics
  • Youth
  • Recovery

How to submit your poster proposal

The deadline for submission of poster proposals is Monday 8 October 2018. Please send your poster proposal to 8eapc@rcpe.ac.uk

You will receive a confirmation email once the document has been received. All notifications of outcome will be sent out by Friday 19 October 2018.


Please submit to us an abstract of a maximum of 300 words, outlining the content of your poster. Please also including a short title, your name, organisation, email address and country. If your poster proposal is accepted, you must register as a conference delegate and do the following:

  • Create and print an A0 size poster based on the accepted abstract
  • Bring your poster to the conference venue (Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh) by 19 November 2018
  • During the allocated times specified in the conference agenda, you must remain by your poster to answer questions and engage with delegates

The organisers will present an award certificate and £100 prize for the best poster. If you have any questions, then please get in touch.

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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