A special report on a recent workshop hosted by the Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at Middlesex University in collaboration with CPI and Improving Health & Wellbeing UK
This report presents the findings of a twelve month study conducted by the Applied Criminology Centre, University of Huddersfield. A pilot project sought to generate intelligence for managing areas with licensed premises by building an evidence base on alcohol supply points (ASPs).
“Binge drinking” and associated harms in terms of health, crime and disorder have been extensively highlighted and are a cause of considerable concern in urban areas of the United Kingdom. This research set out to quantify the number of patient attendances at a busy adult and children’s Emergency Department that are directly attributable to binge drinking, and investigate ways in which inter-agency sharing of anonymised information may be used to design, implement and monitor interventions that will work to reduce these harms.
In this study we set out to examine the effects and cost effectiveness of referral to an alcohol health worker by randomising patients who consented to take part in the study to either an appointment with an alcohol health worker or an information leaflet on alcohol and health.