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.
Professor Mark Bellis sets out initial findings from Alcohol Research UK’s current Flagship Research Grant – Understanding the Alcohol ‘Harm Paradox’. He examines why the poorest 20% of people in Britain suffer up to twice the levels of alcohol related harm as the most affluent 20% – despite reporting similar, or lower, levels of consumption.
Alcohol Research UK has co-authored a briefing document on licensing and public health with the Local Government Association. The document contains advice and guidance for health professionals on how to work with licensing teams, what kind of data to use in licensing representations, and where to find further advice. You can download a full copy [...]
Alcohol Research UK has submitted its response to the Government’s Alcohol Strategy Consultation. We call for the proposed minimum unit price for alcohol to be set at 50p, and support the proposed ban on multibuy discounts. We also support the introduction of a public health objective for licensing, but call for further thought as to [...]
Alcohol Research UK supports the aim of the Alcohol Strategy to reduce alcohol-related harm in England and Wales.
We welcome the fact that the Government has considered the evidence demonstrating a relationship between cost, consumption and alcohol-related harm.
Following extensive consultation, we have identified the five areas below as being of particular current interest. We will consider innovative proposals outside of the priority areas but they would have to be exceptional to get through.
University researchers are to carry out a three-year study into the impact of minimum alcohol pricing on Scotland’s heaviest drinkers. Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh will examine whether patients with alcohol-related illnesses buy very cheap alcohol. The Scottish government has introduced a bill to set a minimum price for a unit of alcohol in Scotland. [...]