New research: Alcohol treatment services in England at crisis point, putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk

A new report, to be launched at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Harm today (1 May), warns that the alcohol treatment sector is in crisis. These services are entering into a cycle of disinvestment, staff depletion, and reduced capacity, and this is due to get worse; in 2020 ring-fenced public health funding will […]

Accessibility and suitability of residential alcohol treatment for older adults

Small Grant

The National Treatment Agency (2012) stated that “residential rehabilitation is a vital and potent component of the drug and alcohol treatment system … anyone who needs it should have easy access to rehab”.  There is a strong and consistent evidence base which demonstrates the benefits of rehab (Sheffield Hallam University, 2017).  Rehabs can have residents from up to five generations.  Most other types of residential services such as care homes and inpatient mental health services are segregated by age.

Majority of residential alcohol treatment centres unfairly excluding older adults, new study warns

New research published today (20 November) shows 1three out of four residential alcohol treatment facilities (rehabs) in England are failing older adults on the basis of arbitrary age limits which prevent them from accessing specialist rehab support. The study, which is being debated at a panel discussion at the House of Lords on Tuesday, 21 […]

Alcohol treatments medications work in well as Europe as elsewhere

Whether differences between the patients mean impacts of the alcohol treatment medications acamprosate and naltrexone vary between Europe and the USA was the issue which motivated this fresh analysis of randomised trials. It confirmed the medications’ efficacy and found no evidence that this differed in European trials versus those conducted elsewhere.

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.

Developing “Mystery Shopper” capacity for alcohol services

Small Grant

Mystery shoppers are paid to use shops and services to determine the quality of customer experience, can this be applied to an alcohol treatment system?

Down your drink: an online treatment programme for problem drinkers

Research and Development Grant

Traditional treatment facilities for alcohol problems tend to concentrate on the heavy dependent drinker. Many people who drink hazardously, do not present themselves for treatment as they find that the prospect deeply unappealing. Could the anonymity of the internet present a solution?