Sheffield Alcohol Research Group - latest news and activities


July 2012 - Professor Petra Meier features in Faculty Brochure, 2012

Faculty Brochure 2012

Professor Petra Meier's IARP project was the subject of a feature article in the 2012 annual brochure on the work of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health a the University of Sheffield.

To read the article, click here and go to page 17.

3-9 June 2012 - SARG researchers attend KBS conference

Team in Norway
Researchers from SARG attended the 38th Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society in Stavanger, Norway.

The following draft papers were presented:

Angus et al. - Modelling the Cost-Effectiveness of Screening and Brief Interventions in Italy: An Adaptation of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model
Holmes et al. - The impact of spatial and temporal availability of alcohol: A policy-focused critical analysis of theory and operationalisation
Meng et al. - Trend analysis and modelling of gender specific age, period and birth cohort effects on alcohol abstention and consumption level for drinkers in Great Britain using the General Lifestyle Survey 1984-2009
Hill McManus et al.Risky Single Occasion Drinking: Individual Risk and Alcohol-attributable Fractions

2 June 2012 - SARG holds second IARP international scientific advisory group meeting

IARP Steering Group
The international scientific advisory group for SARG's IARP project met with our researchers at the KBS conference in Stavanger, Norway. The meeting addressed SARG's on-going work to update the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model to better account for local alcohol availability and long-term individual and population trends. We are grateful to Norman Giesbrecht, Gerhard Gmel, Tom Greenfield and Tim Stockwell for their time and contributions.

15-17 May 2012 - Dr John Holmes and Dr Jane McLeod attend the 2nd Plenary Meeting of the ALICE RAP project

ALICE RAP Plenary meeting
The 2nd plenary meeting of the ALICE RAP project was held in Newcastle, UK, and saw partners and stakeholders from all over Europe meet to discuss project progress and plans.  SARG science writer, Dr Jane McLeod presented the first draft of Work Area 3's report, synthesising multidisciplinary evidence on the determinants of potentially risky substance use and gambling.

15 April 2012 - ALICE RAP project publishes Alcohol Policy Paper

ALICE RAP Neglected Addiction
Prior to their 2nd Plenary Meeting in Newcastle, the ALICE RAP project published an important policy paper, Alcohol - The Neglected Addiction, which was reported widely in the press.

To download Alcohol - The Neglected Addiction, click here.

To read the press release, click here.

17 April 2012 - Dr John Holmes presents SARG research to Local Government Association

LGA Conference
Along with other leading alcohol researchers and strategists, Dr John Holmes attended a conference entitled A Glass Half Full?, organised by the Local Government Association.  The event explored the role of councils in ensuring successful reform and improved health outcomes for their communities and discussed the impact of the Government’s Alcohol Strategy.

For further details of the conference, click here.

17 April 2012 - SARG researchers give evidence to Health Select Committee at the House of Parliament

Professor Alan Brennan and Dr John Holmes went to London to give evidence to Members of Parliament on the Health Select Committee, regarding HM Government's recently published alcohol strategy (see below).

They answered questions on the scientific basis for SARGs alcohol policy evidence - see section between mins 31-58.

23 March 2012 - HM Government announces minumum unit alcohol pricing to be introduced

BBC Minimum Pricing news page
SARG 's research informs HM Government's alcohol strategy which proposes a minimum unit price for alcohol

Reacting to the report SARG researcher Dr John Holmes said: "Our evidence suggests a 40p minimum unit price will be an effective measure for beginning to reduce the damage alcohol causes to society and individuals. Although various public health groups have recommended higher minimum prices, the government's proposal is a significant step forward in efforts to reduce alcohol-related harm".

To read BBC coverage click here.

To read HM Government's alcohol strategy, click here.

To read SARG's evidence, click here.

31 January 2012 - 2nd update to the Scottish adaptation of Sheffield Model published

Scottish report update Jan 2012
SARG are pleased to announce the publication of their latest update to the Scottish adaptation of the Sheffield Model.

Click here to download the document.

Click here to read the University of Sheffield press release about this publication.

24th January 2012 - SARG researchers give evidence to Scottish Parliament on minimum pricing

Professor Alan Brennan at the Scottish Parliament
Prof. Alan Brennan and Dr. John Holmes gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee as part of the scrutiny of the Alcohol Minimum Pricing Bill. SARG’s update of its Scottish adaptation of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model will be published in the coming days and will be used by the Scottish Government to aid selecting the minimum price for a unit of alcohol in Scotland.

To see the transcript, click here.

9 January 2012 - ALICE RAP science writer joins SARG

SARG is happy to welcome Dr. Jane McLeod who has joined us to work as a science writer on ALICE RAP, a five year EU FP7 project which aims to reframe alcohol policy in Europe.

Click here to see the SARG News and Activities archive from 2011