Professor John Holmes

PhD, MA, BA (Hons) (York)

School of Health and Related Research

Professor of Alcohol Policy

John Holmes
john.holmes@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 6384

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Professor John Holmes
School of Health and Related Research
G033b
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
Sheffield
S1 4DA
Profile

I am currently a Professor in Alcohol Policy and Deputy Director of the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group in ScHARR.  My research focuses on alcohol epidemiology and the analysis of alcohol policy options.  I am particularly interested in patterns, trends and inequalities in alcohol consumption or alcohol-related harm and in using mathematical modelling to address alcohol policy questions.  Recent work has focused on the decline in youth drinking, understanding drinking occasions, using theories of practice to provide new insights into national drinking cultures, and the development and evaluation of low-risk drinking guidelines.  Much of my past work has focused on the development of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model and its use to inform policy debate in the UK and internationally, particularly around alcohol taxation and minimum unit pricing.  Broader interests include analysis of the clustering of health-related behaviours within individuals, analysis of alcohol-related health risks, critical perspectives on alcohol and public health, and alcohol policy processes. 

My degrees were all undertaken within the Social Policy and Social Work department of the University of York and my doctoral thesis examined risks and inequalities in young people's internet use. During my PhD, I worked as a research assistant studying trends in child poverty in the UK and developing countries.

After completing my PhD, I worked for the Institute for Social Change at the University of Manchester for one year before joining ScHARR as a Research Fellow in 2010.

Research interests

Current research

I am currently Principal or Co-Investigator on the following projects:

  • Youth Drinking In Decline (Y-DID): A mixed methods investigation (Wellcome Investigator Award)
  • SPARC: Understanding stability and change in British drinking culture, 2001-2016 (ESRC Research Grant)
  • Evaluating the effect of Minimum Unit Pricing in Scotland on harmful drinkers (commissioned by NHS Health Scotland)
  • SYNTAX: Joint appraisal of tobacco and alcohol tax interventions in England (NIHR PHR Grant)
  • SIPHER: Systems-science informed public health economic research for non-communicable disease prevention (UKPRP Consortium Award)

Recent completed projects include:

  • Appraising the effect of implementing local MUP under the Sustainable Communities Act on alcohol consumption in the North West of England (NIHR PHR Grant)
  • The effectiveness of promotional campaigns associated with revised UK drinking guidelines: A prospective evaluation (NIHR PHR Grant)
  • An investigation of public knowledge of the link between alcohol and cancer and its association with public attitudes towards alcohol policy (Cancer Research UK)
  • Investigation of the association between alcohol outlet density and alcohol related hospital admission rates in England (Alcohol Research UK)
Publications

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Journal articles

All publications

Edited books

  • Gell L, Buehringer G, McLeod J, Forberger S, Holmes J, Lingford-Hughes A & Meier P (Eds.) (2016) What Determines Harm from Addictive Substances and Behaviours?. Oxford: Oxford University Press. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Gell L, Holmes J, Forberger S & Bühringer G (2016) Introduction, What Determines Harm from Addictive Substances and Behaviours? (pp. 1-18). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • McLeod J, Gell L, Holmes J, Allamani A, Bjerge B, Bühringer G, Forberger S, Frank V, Lingford-Hughes A, Meier P , Neumann M et al (2016) Determinants of risky substance use and risky gambling, What Determines Harm from Addictive Substances and Behaviours? (pp. 35-76). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gell L, Holmes J, Bühringer G, Allamani A, Bjerge B, Forberger S, Frank V, Lingford-Hughes A, McLeod J, Meier P , Neumann M et al (2016) Methods, What Determines Harm from Addictive Substances and Behaviours? (pp. 19-34). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gell L, Bühringer G, Room R, Allamani A, Eiroa-Orosa FJ, Forberger S, Holmes J, Lingford-Hughes A, McLeod J, Meier P & Stead M (2016) Discussion and integration of key findings, What Determines Harm from Addictive Substances and Behaviours? (pp. 157-186). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • McLeod J, Gell L, Holmes J, Allamani A, Baumberg B, Bjerge B, Bühringer G, Eiroa-Orosa FJ, Forberger S, Frank V , Lingford-Hughes A et al (2016) Determinants of transitions from harmful to low-risk substance use and gambling, What Determines Harm from Addictive Substances and Behaviours? (pp. 113-156). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Gell L, McLeod J, Holmes J, Allamani A, Baumberg B, Bjerge B, Bühringer G, Eiroa-Orosa FJ, Forberger S, Frank V , Lingford-Hughes A et al (2016) Determinants of harmful substance use and harmful gambling, What Determines Harm from Addictive Substances and Behaviours? (pp. 77-112). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bühringer G, Forberger S, Gell L, Holmes J, Lingford-Hughes A, McLeod J & Meier P (2016) Implications for research, policy, and practice, What Determines Harm from Addictive Substances and Behaviours? (pp. 187-196). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bradshaw J & Holmes J (2010) Child poverty in the first five years of life, Children of the 21st century (Volume 2)The first five years (pp. 12-28). Policy Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bradshaw J & Holmes J (2010) Child poverty in the first five years of life In Hansen K, Joshi H & Dex S (Ed.), Children of the 21st Century: First Five Years v. 2 (pp. 13-32). Bristol: Policy Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bradshaw J & Holmes J (2010) Child Poverty and Social Exclusion in South Africa In Roberts B, Kivilu MW & Davids YD (Ed.), South African Social Attitudes: 2nd Report: Reflections on the Age of Hope HSRC Press RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

Reports

  • Oldham M, Holmes J, Whitaker V, Fairbrother H & Curtis P (2018) Youth Drinking in Decline View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Pryce RE, Angus C, Holmes J, Meier P & Brennan A (2016) Model-based appraisal of the comparative impact of Minimum Unit Pricing and taxation policies in Scotland. An adaptation of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model version 3, RIS download Bibtex download
  • Holmes J, Angus C, Buykx P, Ally A, Stone A, Meier P & Brennan A (2016) Mortality and morbidity risks from alcohol consumption in the UK: Analyses using the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model (v.2.7) to inform the UK Chief Medical Officers’ review of the UK lower risk drinking guidelines RIS download Bibtex download
  • Webster L, Angus C, Holmes J, Brennan A & Gillespie D () Alcohol attributable fractions for England RIS download Bibtex download

Scholarly editions

  • Kiernan K, McLanahan S, Holmes J & Wright M Fragile Families in the US and UK. RIS download Bibtex download

Posters

  • Sadler S, Angus C, Gell L, Gillespie D, Holmes J, Brennan A & Meier P Comparing socioeconomic gradients in alcohol-related harm between the four UK countries (PHE Applied Epidemiology Scientific Meeting 18-19 March 2015). RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

PhD Supervision

I currently supervise the following doctoral students:

  • Simon McNamara: Equity/efficiency trade-offs in economic evaluation.
  • Abigail Stevely: Exploring the relationships between event-level characteristics of alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm.
  • Olivia Sexton: Developing and validating a methodology for collecting occasional-level data on alcohol consumption.
  • Jennifer Boyd: Understanding the role of inequality in creating and sustaining the alcohol harm paradox.

I am happy to consider supervising PhD students interested in any of the areas of alcohol and public health research discussed on this page.