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Targeted training leads to significant increase in the delivery of alcohol interventions in primary care, new study shows
New research published today (8 February) shows a marked increase in the delivery of alcohol brief interventions in primary care settings where nurse mentors are specifically trained, bringing significant benefits to those at risk of alcohol harm. The research, funded by Alcohol Research UK and conducted by Substance Misuse Management Good Practice (SMMGP), highlights the key role that nurse mentors can play in leading the implementation of alcohol brief interventions. By offering brief advice to those at risk, clinicians are able to advise patients on effective strategies to reduce their drinking. Key findings from the st...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - February 8, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News brief interventions identification and brief advice Source Type: news

Supporting nurse mentors to reduce the barriers to implementing alcohol Interventions and Brief Advice (IBA) in primary care
Conclusion This project indicates that by supporting nurse mentors in leading on the implementation of IBA there is potential for reducing alcohol-related harm within the existing resources of the surgery. This could support primary care in the practical implementation of an evidence based cost effective intervention which has experienced patchy uptake. References 1 Her Majesty’s Government (2012) The Government’s Alcohol Strategy -2012 2 House of Commons Health Committee, 29012, Government’s Alcohol Strategy 3 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2012) Alcohol-use disorders: prevention Guid...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - February 8, 2018 Category: Addiction Authors: admin Tags: Alcohol Insights Source Type: news

A systematic review of alcohol interventions for people living with and beyond cancer
Conclusion This review highlights there is a lack of interventions which have a specific focus on reducing how much alcohol people are drinking following a diagnosis for cancer.  Alcohol use can increase the risk of secondary or recurrent cancer, especially in people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and head and neck cancers. Therefore, there is a need for more research to explore the potential for interventions to encourage people who have been diagnosed with cancer to drink less alcohol, which can reduce this risk. Further Information Contact details for corresponding author: Dr Grant J. McGeechan, C1.1...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - December 20, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: admin Tags: Alcohol Insights Source Type: news

A review of alcohol media literacy interventions and potential applications for a UK context
Conclusion Alcohol media literacy interventions aid development of key critical analysis skills in young people and have potential applications in a UK context. Evidence suggests that the concept of advertising exposure underpinning alcohol media literacy interventions may benefit from expansion to incorporate broader types of exposure to alcohol marketing and promotion cited by participants. Testing inclusion of different forms of media as intervention components is recommended and will arguably still be amenable to the critical appraisal skills taught in media literacy (Jolls and Wilson, 2014). Although evidence suggests...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - December 20, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: admin Tags: Alcohol Insights Source Type: news

Public involvement in alcohol research
Our new new report on public involvement in alcohol research is now available. The report sets out some of the key principles behind greater public involvement in our field. It also explores the key challenges and describes how we feel researchers might better engage with the public in future. The full report is available here. We hope it is of interest to everyone working in alcohol research, but should be of particular use to anyone applying to our current Research Innovation Grants programme. (Source: Alcohol Research UK)
Source: Alcohol Research UK - December 4, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: James Nicholls Tags: News Source Type: news

Research Innovation Grants Programme now open
Our Research Innovation Grants Scheme is open and applications are invited for projects that address our research priority ‘Treatment and Recovery Today‘. The closing date for receipt of applications is: Tuesday, 16 January 2018. (Source: Alcohol Research UK)
Source: Alcohol Research UK - November 20, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News Source Type: news

Accessibility and suitability of residential alcohol treatment for older adults
Conclusion A person’s access to rehab should be based on their individual condition, circumstances and ability to benefit, not assumptions based on their age.  Intergenerational rehabs can work well for some older adults provided they are responsive to age-related needs.  However, some older-adults may benefit from being grouped with residents of a similar age. Further Information Contact details for corresponding author: Dr Sarah Wadd, Room B401, University of Bedfordshire, University Square, Luton LU1 3JU.  Sarah.wadd@beds.ac.uk. References National Treatment Agency (2012) The role of residential r...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - November 20, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: admin Tags: Alcohol Insights alcohol services treatment treatment services Source Type: news

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 November, is being published together with a new report by Drink Wise, Age Well which shows deep and widespread ageism across the whole alcohol treatment system in the UK. 2With higher-risk drinking declining across all age groups other than the over 50s and new figures showing alcohol...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - November 20, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News alcohol services treatment treatment services Source Type: news

Minimum unit pricing in Scotland will make life better for thousands of people, says charity – and calls for Westminster to step up
The Supreme Court in Scotland today (15 November) delivered its judgement that minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol is legal, a step which charity Alcohol Concern says will improve the health and wellbeing of thousands of people. Harmful drinking is the biggest avoidable cause of death for people aged 15-49 in the UK. It also costs the NHS £3.5 billion a year. The decision in Scotland comes after a long and protracted legal challenge led by the Scotch Whisky Association and follows the recent announcement by the Welsh Government on its plans to introduce minimum alcohol pricing in Wales. Alcohol Concern, along with...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - November 15, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News minimum unit pricing Source Type: news

Blog Post: Supreme Court makes momentous decision on Minimum Unit pricing in Scotland
Today the Supreme Court has ruled that Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) for alcohol is legal. This is a momentous decision, following five years of legal challenge led by the Scotch Whisky Association. It means that the Scottish Government can now implement MUP and allow a potentially game-changing alcohol policy to finally be introduced. After years of public debate on the merits and politics of MUP, we may lose sight of the basic principle behind it. MUP establishes a minimum price below which a unit of alcohol can be sold. It is not a new tax on alcohol, and – unlike alcohol taxes – it applies equally regardless o...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - November 15, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News minimum unit pricing Source Type: news

Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern publish annual reports for 2016/17
The merged organisation today (6 November) publishes its annual reports for 2016/17. New CEO of the merged organisation, Dr Richard Piper, said: “This is a particularly exciting and important time for our organisation. We are currently in the process of a fundamental review which will determine the shape and aim of our newly merged organisation. “As the reports being published today show, we have some great foundations on which to build. Combining the credibility, research experience, knowledge and insight of Alcohol Research UK with the policy skills and public-facing approach of Alcohol Concern, we aspire to ...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - November 6, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News Source Type: news

Alcohol Research UK is recruiting: Director of Finance & Operations
Director of Finance & Operations Would you like to steer a charity safely through a period of creative growth, contributing to its financial sustainability? Are you motivated by leading the continual improvement of our financial systems and our operational processes, so the charity can meet new challenges? Do you want to be part of a high profile, welcoming and dynamic senior team – and to work with an excellent board of trustees? The new charity formed from the merger of Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern is an exciting place to work and we hope you’ll want to join us. Our new part-time Director of Fi...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - October 24, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News Source Type: news

Alcohol Research UK is looking for a dynamic Director of Finance & Operations
Director of Finance & Operations Would you like to steer a charity safely through a period of creative growth, contributing to its financial sustainability? Are you motivated by leading the continual improvement of our financial systems and our operational processes, so the charity can meet new challenges? Do you want to be part of a high profile, welcoming and dynamic senior team – and to work with an excellent board of trustees? The new charity formed from the merger of Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern is an exciting place to work and we hope you’ll want to join us. Our new part-time Director of Fi...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - October 24, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News Source Type: news

Alcohol Research UK is recruiting: Head of Development Programmes
Head of Development Programmes Would you like to lead one of the most exciting behaviour change programmes in the world: Dry January? Do you thrive on turning new partnerships and exciting ideas into sustainable business models? Are you inspired by programmes that exist primarily to make a difference, but that also require a commercial approach? Are you a consummate programme manager, able to make a thousand things happen on time? And are you a salesperson, able to really understand and meet the needs of multiple customer types? The new charity formed from the merger of Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern is an excitin...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - October 24, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News Source Type: news

Alcohol Research UK is looking for an inspirational Head of Development Programmes
Head of Development Programmes Would you like to lead oe of the most exciting behaviour change programmes in the world: Dry January? Do you thrive on turning new partnerships and exciting ideas into sustainable business models? Are you inspired by programmes that exist primarily to make a difference, but that also require a commercial approach? Are you a consummate programme manager, able to make a thousand things happen on time? And are you a salesperson, able to really understand and meet the needs of multiple customer types? The new charity formed from the merger of Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern is an exciting...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - October 24, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News Source Type: news

Alcohol Research UK is recruiting: Communications and Fundraising Assistant
Communications and Fundraising Assistant Would you like to lead the development of a brand-new database, with fresh contacts, building a dynamic relationship with them over time? Would you like to be at the heart of one the world’s most exciting behaviour change campaigns: Dry January? Are you interested in producing highly engaging communications that will inspire people to get involved with our vital cause? Would you thrive in a role that combines both communications, fundraising and supporter engagement? The new charity formed from the merger of Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern is an exciting place to work ...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - October 24, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News Source Type: news

Alcohol Research UK is looking for a highly motivated Communications and Fundraising Assistant
Communications and Fundraising Assistant Would you like to lead the development of a brand-new database, with fresh contacts, building a dynamic relationship with them over time? Would you like to be at the heart of one the world’s most exciting behaviour change campaigns: Dry January? Are you interested in producing highly engaging communications that will inspire people to get involved with our vital cause? Would you thrive in a role that combines both communications, fundraising and supporter engagement? The new charity formed from the merger of Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern is an exciting place to work ...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - October 24, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News Source Type: news

Alcohol Research UK is recruiting: Communications Policy & Research Intern
Communications Policy & Research Intern Would you like to work at the heart of the UK’s leading alcohol harm elimination charity? Would you enjoy working across policy, research and communications – with an extraordinary opportunity to develop your skills in these areas? Would you thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced environment, working on projects involving everyone from street drinkers to government ministers? The new charity formed from the merger of Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern is an exciting place to work and we hope you’ll want to join us. Our Communications Policy & Research Inter...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - October 24, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News Source Type: news

Alcohol Research UK is looking for an enthusiastic Communications Policy & Research Intern
Communications Policy & Research Intern Would you like to work at the heart of the UK’s leading alcohol harm elimination charity? Would you enjoy working across policy, research and communications – with an extraordinary opportunity to develop your skills in these areas? Would you thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced environment, working on projects involving everyone from street drinkers to government ministers? The new charity formed from the merger of Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern is an exciting place to work and we hope you’ll want to join us. Our Communications Policy & Research Inter...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - October 24, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News Source Type: news

Alcohol Research UK is recruiting: Office & Executive Assistant
Office & Executive Assistant Are you motivated by getting things organised: our office, our board meetings, our CEO’s diary? Are you able to create order out of chaos? Do you like being at the heart of an organisation? Are you secure in your ability to maintain confidentiality? Are you calm and unflappable, able to combine attention to detail with a focus on what really matters? The new charity formed from the merger of Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern is an exciting place to work and we hope you’ll want to join us. Our Office & Executive Assistant is an exciting new role. You will be super-organ...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - October 24, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News Source Type: news

Alcohol Research UK is looking for a highly organised Office & Executive Assistant
Office & Executive Assistant Are you motivated by getting things organised: our office, our board meetings, our CEO’s diary? Are you able to create order out of chaos? Do you like being at the heart of an organisation? Are you secure in your ability to maintain confidentiality? Are you calm and unflappable, able to combine attention to detail with a focus on what really matters? The new charity formed from the merger of Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern is an exciting place to work and we hope you’ll want to join us. Our Office & Executive Assistant is an exciting new role. You will be super-organ...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - October 24, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News Source Type: news

Experts by experience panel
We are establishing an Experts by Experience (EbE) panel to help inform our grants decision-making. We are looking to recruit up to 5 members to the EbE panel who have personal experience of alcohol-related harm. The panel will comment on the approach to public involvement and relevance of each research proposal. Panel members will receive support and remuneration for their time. Please click on the link below for more details or get in touch. Expert by Experience Panel Role Description (Source: Alcohol Research UK)
Source: Alcohol Research UK - October 3, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: James Nicholls Tags: News experts by experience grants Source Type: news

The Sandwell multi-agency management group for high impact problem drinkers – interim evaluation
Conclusion Overall, this evaluation suggests that: The multi-agency Blue Light process offers the potential for a significant return on investment, with modest up-front investment. The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the approach is measurable. Client benefit is significant and demonstrable through evidence of engagement with substance misuse services. The interviews and survey also showed that adopting Blue Light led to: Improved joint working between agencies. Opportunities to challenge poor practice. Support to commissioners to identify unmet need, and gaps and blockages in care pathways. In Sandwell, the Bl...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - September 13, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: admin Tags: Alcohol Insights Source Type: news

‘Wet’ care homes for older people with refractory alcohol problems: A qualitative study
Conclusion Placement in wet care homes is expensive, but they can have positive outcomes for individuals whose needs cannot be met elsewhere.  Costs may be offset by a reduction in the use of other health, social and criminal justice services.  Future research and service monitoring should include economic analysis. Further Information Contact details for corresponding author: Michelle McCann, Room B401, University of Bedfordshire, University Square, Luton LU1 3JU. (Source: Alcohol Research UK)
Source: Alcohol Research UK - August 4, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: admin Tags: Alcohol Insights Source Type: news

Dr Richard Piper appointed new CEO of Alcohol Research UK
Alcohol Research UK is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Richard Piper as its new Chief Executive with effect from September 2017. Richard, former Chief Executive of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, has over 25 years’ experience in the sector, 13 of them as a director, CEO and trustee. His career includes seven years at NCVO and most recently 18 months as Director of Impact Transformation at Mencap. He is currently a trustee of the Children’s Chronic Arthritis Association and the Royal College of Nurses Foundation. Professor Alan Maryon-Davis, Chair of Alcohol Research UK, said: &...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - July 19, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News Source Type: news

Call for Papers for Special Issue of Drugs and Alcohol Today on co-production in the field of substance use research
Proposal of Special Issue on Co-production in substance use research in Drugs and Alcohol Today   Dr Jo Cairns1,2 and Dr James Nicholls1,3 1 Alcohol Research UK 2 Newcastle University 3 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine   Contact details: jo.cairns@alcoholresearchuk.org Alcohol Research UK, 27 Swinton Street, London WC1X 9NW 1. Theme and topics In this special issue, we are inviting authors to submit papers which explore key principles, methods, ethical considerations, and practice or policy implications of co-production in the field of substance use research. Unlike the fields of social care, soc...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - June 19, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: Call for Proposals News Source Type: news

Alcohol Research UK seeks motivated Communications Manager (Campaigns and Media) to join team
Communications Manager (Campaigns and Media) This is an exciting opportunity to join a national organisation that is about to embark on a period of significant change. You will play a key role in developing some of our highest profile initiatives, including Dry January and Alcohol Awareness Week. You will also manage our relationship with the media. If you’re a motivated communications professional with a strong track record in delivering effective campaign strategies and media engagement, we’d like to hear from you. For background information about our organisation and the role, please see: Background informat...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - May 24, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News Source Type: news

Alcohol Research UK advertises for new Chief Executive
Alcohol Research UK is looking for an inspirational Chief Executive to lead the organisation through a major period of transition following its successful merger with Alcohol Concern in April. The Chief Executive will provide dynamic and transformative leadership to the newly reconfigured Alcohol Research UK realising the potential of the merged organisation to become a major player in the alcohol-harm reduction field and inspiring, motivating and empowering its staff, trustees and volunteers. For more information about this exciting opportunity and for details on how to apply, please download...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - May 10, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News Source Type: news

Self-Affirmation-Based Enhancement of Risks/Harms-Feedback (SABER-F): First steps in the development of a novel theory-led internet intervention for heavy drinkers.
Conclusion Our findings suggest that self-affirmation effects in harmful/hazardous drinkers – at least when examined through a web-based procedure in university students – may depend on gender. Theory-consistent effects were seen on some measures in men, although women showed an unexpected reduction in intention to drink less. Future research on self-affirmation among heavy drinkers should examine gender effects, and determine whether potentially counter-productive effects are reliably observed amongst women. Further Information Dr Sunjeev Kamboj, Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psycholo...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - May 9, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: admin Tags: Alcohol Insights Source Type: news

Website review
This website is currently under review following our merger with Alcohol Concern.  All existing content will remain available and unchanged until this process is complete.   (Source: Alcohol Research UK)
Source: Alcohol Research UK - April 3, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News Source Type: news

Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern merge
The trustees of Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern are pleased to announce the merger of the two charities following the completion of detailed negotiations over the last six months. The move will place the unified organisation in a much stronger position to achieve its joint mission of reducing the harms caused by alcohol; combining Alcohol Research UK’s long history of research excellence with Alcohol Concern’s strong advocacy and campaigning work. Under the merger, Alcohol Concern’s assets, undertakings and staff transfer to Alcohol Research UK. This includes projects such as Dry January, the Cons...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - April 3, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News Source Type: news

Moving beyond patient and public involvement in alcohol research
Alcohol Research UK and Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, are delighted to announce a joint one day workshop on patient and public involvement in research where we will explore different ways to design and assess research that aims for co-production. Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) is a requirement for most publicly funded research in the UK, but what it is and how to do it well is not so straightforward. This is particularly the case if the intention is to design, conduct and translate co-productive research. This one day workshop will introduce delegates to our approach to co-product...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - March 20, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News Source Type: news

Co-production in alcohol research: what can we learn?
While alcohol harms can occur across society, many of those most profoundly affected are also the most vulnerable and hard to reach individuals. As a new study by researchers at Liverpool John Moores University shows, the role of alcohol in the lives of homeless drinkers can be very damaging – but it is also very complex. Homelessness can be barrier to recovery: something acknowledged in a recent report by the Centre for Social Justice. Equally, problem drinking can be both a cause and a consequence of homelessness – but when it is a cause, it is rarely the sole reason why an individual finds themselves &l...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - March 17, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: James Nicholls Tags: News Source Type: news

Vulnerable people at risk of homelessness and alcohol dependency need positive support networks in times of crisis, a new study suggests
This report highlights the impact that significant life events, such as deaths, births, employment/unemployment and secure/unsecure relationships, can have on alcohol consumption and living situation. “The results demonstrate how low levels of support during times of crisis can lead to homelessness and alcohol dependency and it is often an accumulation of adverse life events that result in this.” Dr James Nicholls, Director of Research and Policy Development at Alcohol Research UK said: “The complex relationship between alcohol dependence, homelessness and social support needs to be better understood.&nbs...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - March 16, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News alcohol services homeless Source Type: news

The Time of My Life Project: A Realist Evaluation
This report presents findings from an evaluation conducted, primarily, in year 2 of the project.  In particular, it presents the perspectives of a range of people who deliver or use TOML and should be read in conjunction with Aquarius’ TOML monitoring data. There are few specialist alcohol services for older people in the UK (Wadd et al. 2011). Public Health Birmingham’s 2013 Drug and Alcohol Needs Assessment identified 21 agencies offering some level of support for people with substance problems (Kilgallon 2013). TOML is, however, the only known specialist older people’s alcohol service. Methods Thi...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - March 14, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: admin Tags: Alcohol Insights Source Type: news

An exploration of the role of alcohol in the life experiences of the homeless population in Merseyside, UK
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Source: Alcohol Research UK - March 13, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: admin Tags: Alcohol Insights Source Type: news

Updated Local Alcohol Profiles for England
Yesterday, Public Health England released the latest update to their Local Alcohol Profiles for England. In addition to information on alcohol-related mortality, hospital admissions and treatment, this version includes new data on both alcohol sales and numbers of licensed premises. The headline figures show that around three quarters of the population drink within the revised low risk alcohol guidelines of 14 units a week.  16.5% of drinkers binged on their heaviest drinking day in the previous week – with ‘binge’ defined as drinking over 6 units (for women) or 8 units (for men) in one session....
Source: Alcohol Research UK - March 8, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: James Nicholls Tags: News Source Type: news

Drinkers much less likely to notice responsible drinking messages in pub environment, says new study
Drinkers are much less likely to notice responsible drinking messages on posters displayed in a busy, cluttered pub environment than in a plain and simple room, show results of a study published today by psychologists at London South Bank University (LSBU) and Alcohol Research UK. [Read the full report here] Results of the research trial show that responsible drinking messages displayed on posters positioned inside LSBU’s dedicated ‘Pub-Lab’ research facility received only 16 per cent of the number of glances directed at the same poster when placed in a comparatively sparsely furnished, plain environment...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - February 14, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News responsible drinking Source Type: news

Evaluating the interactive effects of responsible drinking messages and attentional bias on actual drinking behaviours
This study looked at whether the context in which responsible drinking messages appeared influenced their effectiveness. It did so by observing how participants responded to posters in a bar environment compared a traditional psychology laboratory. Outline of Methods After completing measures of cognitive attentional bias, alcohol expectancies and prior drinking behaviour, participants were moved (with their eyes closed) to either a traditional psychology laboratory or to a purpose-built facility which simulates a public house.  There, they were asked to complete a word search puzzle.  In both contexts, participa...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - February 9, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: admin Tags: Alcohol Insights Source Type: news

Researching with purpose: what is the point of public involvement?
On Wednesday, 5th April Alcohol Research UK will be hosting a national conference on public involvement in alcohol research.  Here our new Senior Research and Policy Officer, Jo Cairns, describes her journey from conventional academic researcher to someone with a passion for working with the public. Since finishing my PhD in 2012, I have for the most part enjoyed doing research and have worked on a variety of projects seeking to better understand and prevent health inequalities, from systematic reviews to statistical analyses.  I have often craved interaction with real people rather than numbers in a spreadsheet...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - January 26, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: Conference News PPI public involvement Source Type: news

Comment: Researching with purpose: what is the point of public involvement?
By Jo Cairns On Wednesday, 5th April Alcohol Research UK will be hosting a national conference on public involvement in alcohol research.  Here our new Senior Research and Policy Officer, Jo Cairns, describes her journey from conventional academic researcher to someone with a passion for working with the public. Since finishing my PhD in 2012, I have for the most part enjoyed doing research and have worked on a variety of projects seeking to better understand and prevent health inequalities, from systematic reviews to statistical analyses.  I have often craved interaction with real people rather than numbers in a...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - January 26, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: Conference News Source Type: news

New research on alcohol marketing suggests current regulations don ’t work
Research published today in the journal Addiction provides new insights into global alcohol marketing, its regulation and its potential impacts on youth consumption. The journal supplement, supported with funding from Alcohol Research UK and the Institute of Alcohol Studies, analyses the effectiveness of existing regulations and voluntary codes, especially in preventing young people from being exposed to alcohol brands and adverts. It also contains further evidence linking exposure to alcohol marketing with alcohol use. The findings largely confirm what much prior research has suggested: that there is a relationship betwee...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - January 10, 2017 Category: Addiction Authors: James Nicholls Tags: News Source Type: news

Voices of experience event
A second public involvement event will take place on 30th January 2017 at Changes UK in Birmingham. Click here to see the programme and venue details: PROGRAMME If you would like to attend please register by emailing jo.cairns@alcoholresearchuk.org no later than 13th January 2017 for catering purposes. We hope you’ll join us for a fun-filled day. (Source: Alcohol Research UK)
Source: Alcohol Research UK - December 20, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Andrea_Tilouche Tags: News Source Type: news

Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern announce merger plans
The trustees of Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern are pleased to announce plans to merge the activities of the two charities by April 2017. Both organisations share virtually identical charitable objects, with a clear mission to reduce the harm caused by alcohol. Alcohol Research UK has a long record of research excellence and impact, while Alcohol Concern brings a strong media and campaigning profile. Combined, the two charities aim to be in a much stronger position to use robust evidence to campaign for, and support those working to achieve, a reduction in alcohol harms. “Alcohol Research UK funds high qualit...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - December 7, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News Source Type: news

Public Health England publish review of evidence on alcohol
Today, Public Health England has published a review of international evidence on alcohol policy and harm reduction. The new report, based on almost two years of research and analysis, addresses a number of key policy areas. These include: The price of alcohol and its effect on consumption The impact of both the number of alcohol outlets in a given area, and the times at which they operate, on a range of potential harms The effectiveness of existing controls on marketing, sponsorship and promotion The role of ‘brief interventions’ in preventing harmful drinking The effectiveness of schools-based education prog...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - December 2, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: James Nicholls Tags: News Source Type: news

Statement: Alcohol Research UK disappointed with Scotch Whisky Association ’s decision to challenge ruling on minimum unit pricing for alcohol
Alcohol Research UK today (18 November) announced its disappointment with the decision by the Scotch Whisky Association to challenge the Scottish Court of Session’s ruling on minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol. Dr James Nicholls, Director of Research and Policy Development at Alcohol Research UK, said: “We are disappointed that the Scotch Whisky Association is creating further delay to the implementation of minimum unit pricing in Scotland. “The policy was recently ruled to be legal by the Scottish Court of Session, following an appeal to the European Court of Justice. “We believe that, having b...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - November 18, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News minimum unit pricing Source Type: news

Alcohol Research UK Annual Review 2015-16
Our Annual Review 2015-16 contains information on the wide range of work that we have supported over the year.  Among the highlights, we have: Awarded almost £584,000 in grants Provided funding for Alcohol Policy UK, Drug and Alcohol Findings, and DrugWise Granted 17 studentships, including funding support for six new PhDs. Continued our highly successful annual conference and early career symposium Provided conference support for partners including the Medical Council on Alcoholism, Alcohol Focus Scotland and Jobs, Friends and Houses Commissioned a major independent review of our g...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - November 18, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: James Nicholls Tags: Special Reports Source Type: news

Identifying the alcohol evidence base
This page provides an overview of the resources available online for people wanting to access or produce research in the alcohol field.  It focuses on UK-based sources but includes an overview of international peer-reviewed journals.   PEER-REVIEWED ALCOHOL AND DRUG RESEARCH JOURNALS While alcohol-related research appears in a wide range of peer-reviewed publications, there are a number of specialist journals that focus primarily on alcohol, drugs and addiction research. Click on titles to go the relevant webpage.  The journal impact factor[i] is provided alongside the title, and fully open-access journals ...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - November 14, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: James Nicholls Tags: Special Reports Source Type: news

Alcohol Research UK publishes its Annual Review for 2015/16
Alcohol Research UK has today (10 November 2016) published its Annual Review 2015/16 outlining its main programmes of work for the period. The report shows that in 2015/16, Alcohol Research UK: Commissioned a major independent review of its grant making over the last 30 years which shows the many ways in which its £24 million investment in alcohol research has helped to shape the alcohol harm reduction field. Completed a major review of its Research Strategy to ensure it continues to deliver rigorous research that strengthens the evidence base and has a demonstrable impact on knowledge, policy and practice. Awarded ...
Source: Alcohol Research UK - November 10, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: Julie Symes Tags: News Source Type: news

Latest Alcohol Matrix Bite: the fundamentals of alcohol treatment
Time to absorb the course’s last five instalments on treatment in general. Prompted by the ‘failure’ of the US Project MATCH trial, a pivotal moment was the re-recognition that treatment is closer to “a culturally appropriate solution to a socially defined problem” than a technical fix to a medical dysfunction. (Source: Alcohol Research UK)
Source: Alcohol Research UK - November 2, 2016 Category: Addiction Authors: James Nicholls Tags: Findings Source Type: news