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 [...]
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.
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 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. We also support the introduction of a public health objective for licensing, but call for further thought as to [...]
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.
Alcohol Industry Influence on Public Policy: A Case Study of Pricing and Promotions Policy in the UK
Whilst much of the literature on alcohol policy exhibits a clear assumption that industry actors are extremely powerful, we know relatively little about the processes through which alcohol policy is made and the specific role played by industry actors in these processes.
Shop servers’ experience of alcohol-related issues and interventions in socially contrasting neighbourhoods
Alcohol problems are concentrated in disadvantaged neighbourhoods and a shift in alcohol consumer patterns away from pubs towards the off-trade sector, makes its purchase cheaper and its consumption, largely unsupervised.
This paper comments on the evidence-base underpinning some of the key policy proposals within the Strategy and outlines research we’ve funded which is relevant to these proposals.