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 Keith Humphreys and Baroness Finlay of Llandaff on Science and British Alcohol Policy
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.
For hardened drinkers, it sounds too good to be true: a natural substance that keeps them sober no matter how much they drink, neutralises hangovers and eventually breaks the cycle of alcohol addiction. Alcoholism is a huge problem globally, killing 2.5 million people a year according to the World Health Organization. There has been serious [...]
Feasibility and Initial Process Evaluation of In:tuition
We are inviting proposals from suitably qualified researchers to undertake the above study by July 2012, on behalf of Drinkaware.
From temperance to today, this is a whistle stop tour of the period since the first half of the nineteenth century looking at where modern alcohol research came from.
The well known and widely disseminated Drug Abuse Resistance Programme (D.A.R.E.) consists of 10-20 weekly hour-long lessons run by the police and aiming to reduce substance abuse. When eventually the programme was formally evaluated, there were no significant effects on subsequent drug use among participants. The programme had been running for many years before it [...]
This pilot was undertaken by Gloucestershire Community Research Unit, where local figures highlight that alcohol users take an average of twelve years longer to access treatment from their first use of alcohol versus drug users. This suggests that problem alcohol users experience a set of treatment barriers that are specific to alcohol use. Research exploring the treatment pathway for alcohol users has recognised that multiple factors are at play, including social influence, personal attitudes, psychological influences and treatment-specific factors.
This review of projects seeks to develop a database of initiatives; services and projects that currently exist in the UK to support children and families affected by alcohol misuse. Also to analyse the range of services and summarise evidence of effectiveness.