Minimum unit pricing in Scotland will make life better for thousands of people, says charity – and calls for Westminster to step up

The Supreme Court in Scotland today (15 November) delivered its judgement that minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol is legal, a step which charity Alcohol Concern says will improve the health and wellbeing of thousands of people. Harmful drinking is the biggest avoidable cause of death for people aged 15-49 in the UK. It also […]

Blog Post: Supreme Court makes momentous decision on Minimum Unit pricing in Scotland

Today the Supreme Court has ruled that Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) for alcohol is legal. This is a momentous decision, following five years of legal challenge led by the Scotch Whisky Association. It means that the Scottish Government can now implement MUP and allow a potentially game-changing alcohol policy to finally be introduced. After years […]

Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern publish annual reports for 2016/17

The newly merged organisation today (6 November) publishes its annual reports for 2016/17. CEO of the merged organisation, Dr Richard Piper, said: “This is a particularly exciting and important time for our organisation. We are currently in the process of a fundamental review which will determine the shape and aim of our newly merged organisation. […]

Experts by experience panel

We are establishing an Experts by Experience (EbE) panel to help inform our grants decision-making. We are looking to recruit up to 5 members to the EbE panel who have personal experience of alcohol-related harm. The panel will comment on the approach to public involvement and relevance of each research proposal.

Dr Richard Piper appointed new CEO of Alcohol Research UK

Alcohol Research UK is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Richard Piper as its new Chief Executive with effect from September 2017. Richard, former Chief Executive of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, has over 25 years’ experience in the sector, 13 of them as a director, CEO and trustee. His career includes seven years […]

Call for Papers for Special Issue of Drugs and Alcohol Today on co-production in the field of substance use research

Proposal of Special Issue on Co-production in substance use research in Drugs and Alcohol Today   Dr Jo Cairns1,2 and Dr James Nicholls1,3 1 Alcohol Research UK 2 Newcastle University 3 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine   Contact details: Alcohol Research UK, 27 Swinton Street, London WC1X 9NW 1. Theme and topics […]

Website review

This website is currently under review following our merger with Alcohol Concern.  All existing content will remain available and unchanged until this process is complete.  

Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern merge

The trustees of Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern are pleased to announce the merger of the two charities following the completion of detailed negotiations over the last six months. The move will place the unified organisation in a much stronger position to achieve its joint mission of reducing the harms caused by alcohol; combining […]

Moving beyond patient and public involvement in alcohol research

Alcohol Research UK and Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, are delighted to announce a joint one day workshop on patient and public involvement in research where we will explore different ways to design and assess research that aims for co-production. Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) is a requirement for most publicly […]

Co-production in alcohol research: what can we learn?

While alcohol harms can occur across society, many of those most profoundly affected are also the most vulnerable and hard to reach individuals. As a new study by researchers at Liverpool John Moores University shows, the role of alcohol in the lives of homeless drinkers can be very damaging