Category Archives: alcohol

BLOG: Just how useful are licensing laws for improving public health?

Despite legal changes in Scotland, councils are struggling to use public health as an argument against new pubs and off-licences.  We need to reconsider the role of licensing in the context of other ways to achieve the same ends, suggests … Continue reading

BLOG: Liberalising drinking hasn’t left much chance for thinking

Alcohol policy has, for too long, spurned evidence or evaluation. Scotland is showing England and Wales the way forward, prioritising monitoring and evaluation of new policies to help generate better evidence, argues David Humphreys Government policies to control alcohol have, … Continue reading

BLOG: Evidence is most likely to influence public health if it fits the right problem at the right time for the right people

Evidence is most likely to influence public health if it fits the right problem at the right time for the right people Vittal Katikireddi charts the multiple roles that evidence is playing in transforming minimum unit pricing of alcohol into a policy … Continue reading

NEWS: BMJ investigation into the drinks industry access to Government

Under the influence: In an investigation for the British Medical Journal, Jonathan Gornall discovers that the government consultation into introducing a minimum unit price for alcohol in England and Wales was a sham and that politicians ignored the strong health evidence in favour … Continue reading

PUBLICATION: Responsibility without legal authority? Tackling alcohol-related health harms through licensing and planning policy in local government

As part of the Evaluating Local Government Alcohol Policies project, the following output has been published: Download it here: Responsibility without Authority – Journal of Public Health 2013 Or link through to it at the Journal of Public Health Citation: Martineau F, … Continue reading

PUBLICATION: Population-level interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm: An overview of systematic reviews

As part of the Evaluating Local Government Alcohol Policies project, the following output has been published: Link through to it at Preventive Medicine Citation: Martineau F, Tyner E, Lorenc T, Petticrew M, Lock K. Population-level interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm: … Continue reading