Alcohol Insights

A systematic review of alcohol interventions for people living with and beyond cancer

Small Grant

There is a wealth of evidence pointing to a link between alcohol drinking and cancer.  There is also evidence to suggest that people who have been diagnosed with cancer continue to behave in a way which is risky to their health by smoking cigarettes, eating an unhealthy diet, not exercising, and/or drinking too much alcohol.

A review of alcohol media literacy interventions and potential applications for a UK context

Small Grant

Alcohol media literacy interventions aim to develop capacity for critical analysis of alcohol-related media content in children and young people, in order to facilitate ability to resist pre-alcohol portrayals. This study reviewed evaluations of such interventions to understand factors supporting effectiveness including intervention content; theories of change; key mechanisms of delivery; strengths and weaknesses in current evidence and issues pertaining to potential adaptation for delivery in a UK context.

Accessibility and suitability of residential alcohol treatment for older adults

Small Grant

The National Treatment Agency (2012) stated that “residential rehabilitation is a vital and potent component of the drug and alcohol treatment system … anyone who needs it should have easy access to rehab”.  There is a strong and consistent evidence base which demonstrates the benefits of rehab (Sheffield Hallam University, 2017).  Rehabs can have residents from up to five generations.  Most other types of residential services such as care homes and inpatient mental health services are segregated by age.

The Sandwell multi-agency management group for high impact problem drinkers – interim evaluation

Small Grant

Sandwell benefited from embedding the process in the public health team and having a strategic group of more senior managers to provide further oversight. The group had consistent, active leadership and management from the Council’s public health department, with the Alcohol Project Manager operating as a champion for the group and ensuring a consistent approach and local services need to be central to the Blue Light process.

‘Wet’ care homes for older people with refractory alcohol problems: A qualitative study

Small Grant

This study describes a registered care home in England and a registered nursing home in Norway which provide permanent care for alcohol-dependent older people who are unable or unwilling to stop drinking and cannot maintain an adequate standard of self-care and/or live independently. 

Self-Affirmation-Based Enhancement of Risks/Harms-Feedback (SABER-F): First steps in the development of a novel theory-led internet intervention for heavy drinkers.

Small Grant

Harmful drinkers are generally aware that heavy drink can cause severe long-term health problems. Failure to act on such knowledge (e.g. by reducing consumption) is a hallmark of the addicted mindset, but is also seen in less severely affected individuals. How can such inaction be understood?

The Time of My Life Project: A Realist Evaluation

Research and Development Grant

The Time of My Life (TOML) project is a Birmingham-based alcohol service for people aged 50 years and older. It is one of a number of services delivered by the alcohol, drugs and gambling charity, Aquarius. This report presents findings from an evaluation conducted, primarily, in year 2 of the project. In particular, it presents the perspectives of a range of people who deliver or use TOML and should be read in conjunction with Aquarius’ TOML monitoring data.

An exploration of the role of alcohol in the life experiences of the homeless population in Merseyside, UK

Small Grant

Becoming homeless is often the result of several adverse life events occurring in a similar time-frame combined with a lack of available support. Having support networks is important in avoiding and overcoming homelessness. Alcohol is often used as a coping mechanism following mental health problems or adverse events. This can lead to both harmful and dependent drinking.

Evaluating the interactive effects of responsible drinking messages and attentional bias on actual drinking behaviours

Small Grant

Responsible drinking posters do not attract significant attention in bar environments and furthermore these posters had no effect on the consumption of beer among study participants

Delivering Alcohol IBA: Broadening the base from health to non-health contexts

Research and Development Grant

There is good evidence for the effectiveness of alcohol IBA (identification and brief advice) to address harmful drinking among patients in primary care and in hospital settings. There is a drive to expand delivery of IBA into other health and non-health contexts such as pharmacies and in criminal justice settings and some studies in university settings have also indicated a role for IBA in efforts to reduce harmful drinking with web-based approaches providing a possibly effective delivery mechanism.