Researching alcohol harm: 30 years of impact

In 2014, we commissioned a team lead by Professor Richard Velleman to look at the the impact of Alcohol Research UK and it predecessor the Alcohol Education and Research Council.  

It takes multiple sessions to shift risky-drinking of hospital inpatients

A review of studies of interventions for heavy drinkers among general hospital inpatients concluded that multi-session brief interventions could reduce drinking, while no effect was found for single interventions.  “Could” is an important qualifier: it remains unclear why, although they sometimes, brief interventions still often fail to produce significant effects.

Half an hour of advice may cut drink-driving

Brown T.G., Dongier M., Ouimet M.C. et al.,  ‘The role of demographic characteristics and readiness to change in 12-month outcome from two distinct brief interventions for impaired drivers’. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment: 2012, 42, p. 383–391. Can repeat drink-driving offenders be swayed by just 30 minutes with a therapist, and would those minutes best be spent […]

Should parents introduce their underage children to drink?

Gilligan C., Kypri K, Lubman D.  ‘Changing parental behaviour to reduce risky drinking among adolescents: current evidence and future directions’. Alcohol and Alcoholism: 2012, 47(3), p. 349–354. Should parents introduce their underage children to alcohol, and if they give their children alcohol, is it important that they supervise its consumption? Opinions and guidelines differ as do […]

Australia tries bar lock-outs to curb antisocial behaviour

Palk G.R.M., Davey J.D., Freeman J.E. The impact of a lockout policy on levels of alcohol-related incidents in and around licensed premises. Police Practice and Research: 2010, 11(1), p. 5–15. Australia has been trying a novel way to curb alcohol-related disorder – banning late-night drinking venues admitting customers during the final few opening hours. The aim is […]