A new open access article by Benjamin Hawkins and Chris Holden is available online. ‘Framing the alcohol debate: industry actors and the regulation of the UK beverage alcohol market’ (Critical Policy Studies) is based on an Alcohol Research UK-funded project which analysed the role of alcohol industry in the formulation of British alcohol policy. The [...]
Full videos of all the presentations from our 2013 conference ‘Alcohol and British Society’ are now available via the Film Exchange on Alcohol and Drugs website. For links to all videos, as well as downloads of presentation slides, go to our Conference 2013 page.
Findings from an Alcohol Research UK-funded study of IBA activity in emergency departments have been published in Emergency Medicine Journal. The study, by Robert Patton and and Pat O’Hara (Kings College, London), found that there had been ‘significant improvement in ED alcohol identification and brief advice since 2007.
A new study by a team based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine claims alcohol industry submissions to a Scottish consultation on alcohol policy misrepresented research evidence on alcohol harms. A full version of the article is available here. The article is based on research funded by Alcohol Research UK. The Insight [...]
Our Research Manager, James Nicholls, recently gave a public lecture at the Museum of London on the history of alcohol and addiction in the UK. The full presentation (45 minutes) can now be viewed here.
Dr David Foxcroft discuss some of the latest research into alcohol education and prevention in schools, in particular the impact of programmes such as the Good Behaviour Game and the Strengthening Families programme. He suggests that community-oriented developmental prevention can have a significant impact on risk factors associated with drinking, but that we need a better understanding of how prevention effects are moderated by other factors such as gender.
Professor Jonathan Chick and Dr Jan Gill discuss findings from their ongoing research into drinking behaviours in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Their research supports the evidence that those drinking at the most harmful levels purchase the cheapest alcohol – particularly white cider and cheap vodka.
Professor Paul Wallace and Stuart Linke give an overview of the Down Your Drink online screening and brief advice website.
Conference 2013: Professor Keith Humphreys and Baroness Finlay of Llandaff on Science and British Alcohol Policy
President Obama’s former drugs advisor, Professor Keith Humphreys, discusses the role of science in developing alcohol policy. Arguing that policy should be about values, not simply science, he presents three areas in which evidence can, nonetheless, strongly inform the debate. In particular, he calls for a swifter adoption of mandatory sobriety schemes, the expansion of treatment and recovery for dependent drinkers, and the introduction of minimum unit pricing.