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Dr Peter Rice

Peter Rice is an addiction psychiatrist based in Scotland. He graduated from Glasgow University and his postgraduate training was in Glasgow, Perth and Dundee. He has been Chair of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems, a project of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, since 2012. He was one of the group of doctors from the Scottish Royal Colleges who founded SHAAP in 2006 to raise awareness of the extent and diversity of alcohol-related harm and promote effective policy solutions initially within Scotland and subsequently in the UK, Europe and internationally.

He is chair of Tayside Council on Alcohol (a local alcohol charity) alcohol policy lead for RCPsych (UK), a member of the UK Alcohol Health Alliance, board member of the European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare) and a consultant to WHO Europe. He is past chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland.

From 1989–2013 he worked in an NHS Alcohol Problems Service seeing patients on his own caseloads and working with colleagues and partner agencies. He applied population health principles to his clinical service with a focus on prevention, early intervention and care pathways and this led to increasing involvement in formal policy work. His work with the Royal College of Psychiatrists focused on the impact of mental and behavioural health to population health and health inequalities.

He has researched and published on health information and communication, brief interventions, on counselling relationship in alcohol misuse treatment as well as on more traditional medical topics such as cell changes in oral cancer. He has published on Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) in the British Medical Journal and British Journal of Psychiatry.

He was part of the SHAAP group who developed the proposal for MUP in 2007 which was adopted by the Scottish Government and became law in 2012. He is currently closely involved in the process of implantation of MUP, including work with colleagues and institutions elsewhere in the UK and in Europe.

He is an adviser and co-applicant with a number of research projects including the development of alcohol screening and brief interventions in dental practice (Prof Graham Ogden and Dr Simon Shepherd, Dundee Dental School) and brief interventions delivered by mobile phone and peer support (Prof Iain Crombie and Dr Linda Irvine, Dept of Public Health, University of Dundee).