The impact of Scotland’s ambitious alcohol strategy

While some evidence-based interventions from Scotland’s alcohol strategy have been implemented, failure to introduce minimum unit pricing has limited the strategy’s contribution to declines in alcohol consumption and related harm.

Sales to drunk customers: policy, enforcement and responsibility

A new report by Alcohol Research UK and the Alcohol Academy calls for a full review of the law on sales to drunk customers.

The history of alcohol issues in the UK

In a new set of videos our Director of Research and Policy Development, James Nicholls, speaks to the Film Exchange on Alcohol and Drugs about the history of alcohol issues in the UK.

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

Alcohol Research UK consultation response: The Government Alcohol Strategy

Alcohol Research UK has submitted its response to the Government’s Alcohol Strategy Consultation.  We call for the proposed minimum unit price for alcohol to be set at 50p, and support the proposed ban on multibuy discounts.  

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.

Framing the alcohol policy debate

A new open access article by Benjamin Hawkins and Chris Holden is available online. ‘Framing the alcohol debate: industry actors and the regulation of the UK beverage alcohol market’ (Critical Policy Studies) is based on an Alcohol Research UK-funded project which analysed the role of alcohol industry in the formulation of British alcohol policy.  The […]

Industry use of evidence in policy debates

A new study by a team based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine claims alcohol industry submissions to a Scottish consultation on alcohol policy misrepresented research evidence on alcohol harms. A full version of the article is available here. The article is based on research funded by Alcohol Research UK.  The Insight […]

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.