Researching with purpose: what is the point of public involvement?

On Wednesday, 5th April Alcohol Research UK will be hosting a national conference on public involvement in alcohol research.  Here our new Senior Research and Policy Officer, Jo Cairns, describes her journey from conventional academic researcher to someone with a passion for working with the public.

Alcohol Research UK Annual Conference 2017

Working Together People, Practice and Policy in Alcohol Research Wednesday, 5th April 2017 – London Join us for our 2017 Annual Conference ‘Working Together: people, practice and policy in alcohol research’ where we will explore co-production, collaboration, and public involvement in alcohol research and practice. 

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.

Conference 2013 ‘Alcohol and British Society’

Full videos of all the presentations from our 2013 conference ‘Alcohol and British Society’ are now available via the Film Exchange on Alcohol and Drugs website.  For links to all videos, as well as downloads of presentation slides, go to our Conference 2013 page.

Conference 2013: Dr David Foxcroft – Developmental Epidemiology and Prevention

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.

Conference 2013: Professor Jonathan Chick and Dr Jan Gill – A Tale of Two Cities

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.

Conference 2013: Professor Paul Wallace and Stuart Linke: 10 Years of Down Your Drink

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.

Conference 2013: Professor Mark Bellis on the ‘alcohol harm paradox’

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.