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Alcohol Focus Scotland would greatly appreciate the help of every Community Council to get alcohol onto the agenda of all council strategies following the May election.

 Can you please forward a link to this message to your services and to anyone else as you think relevant?

 We have produced alcohol harm fact sheets for each local area, for Edinburgh you can find this at  http://www.alcohol-focus-scotland.org.uk/media/218223/Alcohol-harm-Edinburgh.pdf

 You may wish to encourage services and local activists to engage with candidates in person or through social media, e.g., services or recovery groups could invite candidates to visit and hear about issues first hand, or individuals could attend local hustings and ask candidates questions. [Follow us on Twitter @AlcoholFocus.]

 These are some of the questions you might want to ask

  • Would you agree that action on alcohol is a priority issue that cuts across many sectors?
  • How would you reduce the impact of alcohol on health, families and communities in your area?
  • What steps will you take to find out about the impact of alcohol locally?

 It would be great if you could also share with us any examples of work that you are already doing at a local level.

 Alcohol Focus Scotland has contacted all candidates in the forthcoming local elections to raise awareness of alcohol issues. Emails have been tailored for each candidate with information about their local area - please see below for an example.