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.
Baroness Finlay of Llandaff has worked on many aspects of recent British alcohol policy. She also argues that the implementation of the 2012 Alcohol Strategy has been slow and more needs to be done to enforce existing legislation.
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An Evidence-Informed Approach to Alcohol Problems in Britain (Professor Keith Humphreys)
Science and British Policy (Baroness Finlay of Llandaff)