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

Policy briefing: Public health and alcohol licensing in England

This briefing is produced by Alcohol Research UK and the Local Government Association to support Public Health in its new role as a Responsible Authority under the 2003 Licensing Act.

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 […]

Licensing and public health

Alcohol Research UK has co-authored a briefing document on licensing and public health with the Local Government Association. The document contains advice and guidance for health professionals on how to work with licensing teams, what kind of data to use in licensing representations, and where to find further advice.  You can download a full copy […]

Alcohol Research UK’s initial response to the Alcohol Strategy consultation

Alcohol Research UK supports the aim of the Alcohol Strategy to reduce alcohol-related harm in England and Wales.

We welcome the fact that the Government has considered the evidence demonstrating a relationship between cost, consumption and alcohol-related harm.

Building an evidence base on alcohol supply points

Research and Development Grant

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).

Why do people drink at home? An exploration of the perceptions of adult home consumption practice

Small Grant

There has been a 50% rise in overall per capita consumption since 1950 (Academy of Medical Sciences 2004) though there are signs from the National Household Survey (National Statistics 2006) and the Department of Media Culture and Sport (2008) that this is starting to tail off. Latest figures (end of 2006) from the British Beer and Pub Association found that 83% of all wine consumption is purchased on an off-sales basis, equivalent figures for spirits and beers are 77% and 43% respectively (Foster 2008).

Implementation of the Licensing Act 2003: A national survey

Research and Development Grant

The Licensing Act 2003 is one of a number of changes aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm and promoting “sensible drinking”. What results, if any, have so far been observed?

An investigation into the environmental impact of off-license premises on residential neighbourhoods

Small Grant

The environmental impact of licensed convenience stores and supermarkets on residential neighbourhoods in the UK

UKCAPP: UK Community Alcohol Prevention Programme

Research and Development Grant

To what extent do three projects one in Glasgow, one in Cardiff and one in Birmimgham identify barriers and solutions to implementation; draw conclusions about what worked and how; and combine individual project evaluations into a whole.