New research: Alcohol treatment services in England at crisis point, putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk

A new report, to be launched at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Harm today (1 May), warns that the alcohol treatment sector is in crisis. These services are entering into a cycle of disinvestment, staff depletion, and reduced capacity, and this is due to get worse; in 2020 ring-fenced public health funding will […]

First of its kind study reveals far-reaching benefits of recovery for families of dependent drinkers

New research published today (26 February) – the first of its kind – shows how the recovery journey of a dependent drinker can markedly improve the lives of their families, for as long as recovery is sustained. In England, there are an estimated 595,000 dependent drinkers* and 222,000 children living in a household with a […]

Targeted training leads to significant increase in the delivery of alcohol interventions in primary care, new study shows

New research published today (8 February) shows a marked increase in the delivery of alcohol brief interventions in primary care settings where nurse mentors are specifically trained, bringing significant benefits to those at risk of alcohol harm. The research, funded by Alcohol Research UK and conducted by Substance Misuse Management Good Practice (SMMGP), highlights the […]

Public involvement in alcohol research

Our new new report on public involvement in alcohol research is now available. The report sets out some of the key principles behind greater public involvement in our field. It also explores the key challenges and describes how we feel researchers might better engage with the public in future.

Majority of residential alcohol treatment centres unfairly excluding older adults, new study warns

New research published today (20 November) shows 1three out of four residential alcohol treatment facilities (rehabs) in England are failing older adults on the basis of arbitrary age limits which prevent them from accessing specialist rehab support. The study, which is being debated at a panel discussion at the House of Lords on Tuesday, 21 […]

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

In April 2017, Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern merged to become the UK’s leading independent alcohol charity. On 6 November the merged organisation published its annual reports for 2016/17. The reports cover the period prior to the merger. CEO of the merged organisation, Dr Richard Piper, said: “This is a particularly exciting and important time […]

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 […]