Using licensing to protect public health: From evidence to practice

A new report by Alcohol Focus Scotland and Alcohol Research UK reflects on the role of public health teams in licensing in Scotland since 2009 and considers the implications for the role of public health in licensing across the UK

Video: Alcohol Research UK annual conference 2013

Videos from the Alcohol Research UK annual conference ‘Alcohol and British Society’ held at the Wellcome Trust in March 2013. Presenters include Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, Professor Mark Bellis, Professor Keith Humphreys, Professor David Foxcroft and Baroness Finlay of Llandaff.

Video: ‘Under Control?’ conference

Videos from ‘Under Control?: Alcohol and Drug Regulation, Past and Present’ held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in June 2013. This conference was co-sponsored by Alcohol Research UK and included presentations on alcohol history and policy from a number of leading researchers.

Consultation on the abolition of personal licences to sell alcohol

The Home Office has launched a consultation proposing the abolition of personal licences to sell alcohol.  Currently, all alcohol sales must be authorised by a personal licence holder who holds an accreditation and has undergone a criminal records check.  In the impact assessment for this policy, the Home Office describe personal licences as an ‘unnecessary […]

Consultation on national statistics

The Office of National Statistics is consulting on the future of its statistical outputs in the light of significant budget cuts.  Alcohol Research UK recognise that in these circumstances very difficult decisions need to be made; however, it is imperative that data collection on alcohol consumption is maintained.  This information plays a critical role in […]

Service engagement among Polish street drinkers in a London borough

A new feasibility study exploring alcohol service engagement among Polish street drinkers is now available in the Alcohol Library.  Based on an Alcohol Research UK Small Grant, the study sets out to understand the lived experiences of Polish street drinkers and their perspectives on approaching and engaging with alcohol services. It also explores the use of […]

Alcohol and other drugs in social care – three new reports

Three new reports looking at alcohol and other drugs in social care practice, education and training have been added to the Alcohol Library.  Produced by researchers at the Tina Goldberg Centre (University of Bedfordshire), these reports identify current gaps in support for work around alcohol and substance use across all areas of social care training […]

Substance Use In Social Work Education: A National Survey Of Social Work Qualifying Programmes In England

Research and Development Grant

While parental substance use has attracted some political attention in recent years, increasingly social workers from adults’ as well as children’s social care report increasing levels of substance use among their service user groups. Historically, however, social work has not engaged with the topic of substance use as part of its professional remit nor educated its qualifying social workers to identify, assess or offer any type of substance use intervention, however brief.

Alcohol And Other Drugs In Social Work Practice: Identifying The Extent Of Employment-Based Training In Children’s And Adults’ Services In England

Research and Development Grant

While social workers may be confident in many areas of their work, research has indicated that they are less confident about their work in relation to AOD use. Ensuring that social care professionals receive training in AOD use is a crucial step towards supporting them to provide an effective service to service users with problematic AOD use and to address the gap left by qualifying social work programmes.

Social Care Practice With Older People, People With Learning Disabilities, And Physically Disabled People Who Use Alcohol And Other Drugs

Research and Development Grant

Practitioners working with older people, adults with learning disabilities and physically disabled adults encounter AOD problems relatively infrequently compared with child protection or adult mental health fields. However, they face significant challenges when they do so.