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These papers are usually written by experts outside the Institute of Alcohol Studies. They aim to provide accessible summaries of key policy areas, as well as overviews of substantive theoretical debates within the academic literature.


Alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK – Second IAS briefing
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Men and Alcohol: Key Issues
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Alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK
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Inequalities in victimisation: alcohol, violence, and anti-social behaviour
Download report (pdf) | Video summary (mp4) (May 2020)




Minimum Unit Pricing in Scotland: What we know so far about its effects on consumption and health harms
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IAS Strategy 2020–23
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IAS Budget 2020 analysis
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Who pays the tab? The distributional effects of UK alcohol taxes
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A rapid narrative review of literature on gendered alcohol marketing and its effects
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Modelling the impact of alcohol duty policies since 2012 in England & Scotland
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Alcohol guidelines for pregnant women: Barriers and enablers for midwives to deliver advice
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Pour decisions
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Financial headache: The cost of workplace hangovers and intoxication to the UK economy
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IAS Budget 2018 analysis
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Fit to fly: Summary report of the policy debate on alcohol and air travel
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Families First: An evidence-based approach to protecting UK families from alcohol-related harm
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Brexit battlegrounds: Where are public health and the alcohol industry likely to clash in the years ahead?
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Alcohol and mental health: Policy and practice in England
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The economic impact of changes in alcohol consumption in the UK
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Women and Alcohol: Key Issues
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The rising affordability of alcohol
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Running on empty: Drink-driving enforcement law in England
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IAS Budget 2017 analysis
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Like sugar for adults: The effect of non-dependent parental drinking on children and families
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Pubs Quizzed: What publicans think about policy, public health and the changing trade
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IAS briefing: Cider Duty in the Republic of Ireland
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Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere? Addressing physical availability of alcohol in Australia and the UK
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Foul Play? Alcohol marketing during UEFA Euro 2016
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Splitting the bill: Alcohol's impact on the economy
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Youthful Abandon: Why are young people drinking less?
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IAS Budget 2016 analysis
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International evidence and best practice on alcohol labelling
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The Licensing Act (2003): its uses and abuses 10 years on
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Dereliction of duty: Are UK alcohol taxes too low?
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Dead on Arrival? Evaluating the Public Health Responsibility Deal for Alcohol
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Alcohol's impact on emergency services 
Download report (pdf) | Download summary (pdf) | Download survey data (zip) | Download images (zip) October 2015

Watch Alcohol's impact on emergency services video



IAS response to Alcohol and the Public Purse
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Alcohol's harm to others
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Download all files (zip) | Watch Alcohol's harm to others video  (July 2015)




Alcohol advertising and sponsorship in Formula One:
A dangerous cocktail
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Alcohol, Health Inequalities and the Harm Paradox:
Why some groups face greater problems despite consuming less alcohol
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Download all files (zip) (November 2014)



Alcohol purchase age limits in Europe
Download pdf (September 2014)





Labour and the politics of alcohol: The decline of a cause
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IAS briefing: Alcohol, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault
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Alcohol, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault
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IAS briefing: The Impact of Abolishing the Alcohol Duty Escalator
Download pdf (May 2014)





IAS analysis of responses to the Home Office Consultation on minimum pricing
Download pdf (December 2013) 




Is alcohol too cheap in the UK? The case for setting a Minimum Unit Price for alcohol
Tim Stockwell, PhD and Gerald Thomas, PhD
Centre for Addictions Research, University of Victoria, BC, Canada
Download pdf (April 2013)




Internet influences on adolescent attitudes to alcohol
Alex Hartigan & Natalie Coe
Download Summary Version pdf 97kb (31 May 2012)
Download Final Version pdf 1.2mb (31 May 2012)
Please note, this report is the pre-publication full report, and may be abridged for peer review


Conflict of interest in the alcoholic drinks industry:
how important are ‘unhealthy drinkers’ in total UK consumption?
Ben Baumberg
Download pdf (December 2009)

A different version of this paper has also been published in Alcohol and Alcoholism, the International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcohol. (How will Alcohol Sales in the UK be Affected if Drinkers Follow Government Guidelines? Vol 44, No.5, pp-523-528, 2009)


Trends in the Affordability of Alcohol in Europe
Russell Bennetts
Download pdf (October 2008)




Trends in the Affordability of Alcohol in the UK
Russell Bennetts
Download pdf (September 2008)




Use of Alcohol as a Loss-leader.
Russell Bennetts
Download pdf (June 2008)




Insurance, Solving some alcohol problems and causing others.
Jonathan Goodliffe
Download pdf (June 2007)




Youth, Alcohol, and the Emergence of the Post-modern Alcohol Order
Kevin J Brain
Download pdf (Updated 7 September 2007)




Alcohol in Europe: A public health perspective
Peter Anderson and Ben Baumberg
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(June 2006)




Crime and Disorder, Binge Drinking and the Licensing Act 2003
Andrew McNeill
Download pdf 338kb
(First published 2 March 2005; updated November 2008)