Smartphone technologies and self-reported levels of alcohol consumption

This Small Grant report looks at the use of a bespoke smartphone app to track alcohol consumption.  It finds that real-time reporting via a phone reveals much higher levels of consumption than recall-based surveys.

Alcohol and other drugs in social care – three new reports

Three new reports looking at alcohol and other drugs in social care practice, education and training have been added to the Alcohol Library.  Produced by researchers at the Tina Goldberg Centre (University of Bedfordshire), these reports identify current gaps in support for work around alcohol and substance use across all areas of social care training […]

Substance Use In Social Work Education: A National Survey Of Social Work Qualifying Programmes In England

Research and Development Grant

While parental substance use has attracted some political attention in recent years, increasingly social workers from adults’ as well as children’s social care report increasing levels of substance use among their service user groups. Historically, however, social work has not engaged with the topic of substance use as part of its professional remit nor educated its qualifying social workers to identify, assess or offer any type of substance use intervention, however brief.

A survey of GPs’ knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding the prevention and management of alcohol-related problems

Research and Development Grant

Alcohol related problems are one of the leading causes of morbidity and premature death. Primary care is ideal for early detection and secondary prevention of alcohol-related problems and brief interventions have been shown to reduce excessive consumption in primary care patients. However, General Practitioners (GPs) exhibit low levels of formal identification, treatment and referral of patients with alcohol related problems.

The Influence of Alcohol on Blood Pressure

Research and Development Grant

Hypertension is an important preventable risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of mortality in the UK. The pattern of alcohol intake is likely to be a major contributing factor in the complex effects of alcohol on cardiovascular disease. However, despite substantial evidence on the relationship between alcohol and blood pressure, there is considerable variation in the reported nature of this relationship.