Comment: Research suggests most white cider is consumed by people with severe alcohol dependency

Alcohol dependency is a complex problem to which there are no simple solutions.  There are many routes into dependency, many ways in which it manifests itself and many approaches to treatment.  However, dependent drinkers also require access to large, affordable volumes of alcohol.  Recent research by Professor Jonathan Chick and colleagues shows that, in Scotland […]

Most super-strength cider in Scotland appears to be consumed by dependent drinkers

A letter in Clinical Medicine, based on an Alcohol Research UK- funded study of heavy drinkers in Scotland, suggests that the majority of super-strength cider sold in Scotland may be consumed by dependent drinkers.

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.

Alcohol pricing and purchasing among heavy drinkers in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Research and Development Grant

The purpose of this study was to describe the purchasing patterns and consumption behaviour of heavy-drinking individuals who had been harmed by their alcohol intake. As some of the heaviest drinkers, these are the group likely to be most acutely impacted by the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP). The consumption practices of very heavy drinkers is normally poorly described by traditional population surveys. Therefore, in the Scottish policy context especially, targetted research was required to better inform discussions of the potential impact of MUP on the heaviest consumers of alcohol.

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

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.

Can alcohol screening and brief intervention work in a young people’s sexual health service?

Small Grant

What are the practical and service implications involved in implementing a routine screening and brief intervention model alongside the day-to-day running of a young persons’ sexual health clinic.

Development, implementation and evaluation of a pilot project to deliver interventions on alcohol issues in community pharmacies, ‘Drinking in Pharmacies’

Research and Development Grant

There is increasing concern amongst health professionals and officials at the rising level of alcohol consumption in the UK and the overwhelming evidence of the negative impact of excessive alcohol consumption on health. Excessive alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of a whole range of illnesses that collectively contribute to a massive impact on the morbidity and mortality of the population as a whole. Despite this increasing concern, recorded evidence of community pharmacy involvement to identify/address hazardous or harmful drinking is virtually non-existent. The argument for pharmacy involvement in addressing alcohol issues is strong, since an estimated 600,000 people visit a community pharmacy in Scotland each day, accessing a walk-in facility without the need for a pre-booked appointment, and 95% of the population does so at least once each year.

A Randomised Controlled Trial of Brief Intervention Strategies in Patients with Alcohol Related Facial Injury

Research and Development Grant

Despite the fact that most alcohol related facial injuries are successfully managed surgically, the underlying cause, which is often alcohol misuse, is not adequately addressed. A recent study has demonstrated that a nurse delivered brief intervention in a maxillofacial unit is more effective than no intervention in en­couraging patients with facial injuries to reduce their alcohol consumption.

Alcohol related brain damage: knowledge and attitudes of frontline care staff

Small Grant

Alcohol related brain damage (ARBD) is an increasing challenge for service provid­ers working with older people and adults. Causes can be complex and social issues around the misuse of alcohol and society’s attitude towards alcohol consumption, make caring for sufferers difficult.