Researchers at the University of Bristol believe the shape of beer glasses affects the speed people drink and that curvy glassware makes pacing yourself harder.
For what seems the first time, this analysis combined results from relevant studies to test whether low tax/price levels on alcohol result in poorer health and higher death rates. It found the expected relationships, but based on only the partial accounting of the harms and benefits of drinking found in most studies.
All this British study did was ask people out shopping, working or relaxing to complete a brief written survey about their drinking which ended with an injunction to make concrete plans to drink safely. Too simple to work?
Implementation of the Strengthening Families Program (SFP) 10-14 in Barnsley: The Perspectives of Facilitators and Families
Numerous studies in Europe report high rates of alcohol use among young people. A recent European study on alcohol and drugs use by young people reported that the UK had among the highest rates of drunkenness and binge drinking and alcohol consumption in Europe. The reported effectiveness of the SFP10-14 as a primary prevention programme has led to its uptake in a number of therapeutic settings in the UK. For example, positive perceptions of the SFP 10-14 by both families and group leaders of an SFP 10-14 programme being run in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in Barnsley have been reported. Similar findings in relation to the SFP10-14 run by the Kinara Family Resource Centre in Greenwich have also been noted. An exploratory trial of adapted SFP10-14 materials and approach in the UK context is currently being conducted in the School of Health and Social Care, Oxford Brookes University.
Primary prevention for alcohol misuse in young people – results from a Cochrane Collaboration Systematic Review
This systematic review sought to evaluate the effectiveness of primary interventions in addressing alcohol misuse in young people – a cause of concern for health services, policy makers, prevention workers, the criminal justice system, youth workers, teachers and parents.
This study used a variety of methods to investigate the availability of alcohol to under-age drinkers. They asked British adolescents how easy they found it to purchase alcohol from different types of outlet as well as the extent to which sales are actually made to under-age customers. A test-purchasing study was then carried out. They also assessed the attitudes of alcohol vendors to under-age sales, vendors’ ability to judge the ages of their under-age customers, and the effectiveness of a police intervention intended to reduce under-age alcohol purchases