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Who we are

IAS is a registered charity (number 1112671) aiming to educate, preserve and protect the good health of the public by:  

  • Promoting the scientific understanding of beverage alcohol and the individual, societal and health consequences of its consumption
  • Promoting measures for the prevention of alcohol-related problems and to promote, for the public benefit, research into beverage alcohol and to publish the useful results.
IAS does not have a view on whether individuals should drink or not drink.


How we are funded

To make sure that we represent the science accurately, we have a board of several expert advisers from a variety of fields (including economics, medicine and policy) who review all of our publications, provide us with guidance, and occasionally collaborate on joint research projects. 

A separate board of trustees oversees the running of the organisation. This is chaired by Mr Michael Carr.

The core funding for IAS comes from a separate educational charity called the Alliance House Foundation (no. 208554), of which IAS is a subsidiary company. All of IAS’s legal aims are also the aims of the AHF, although the AHF also has some additional aims that they fulfil through activities outside IAS.

We also receive funding from other sources for particular projects, including the European Commission and Alcohol Research UK.

The AHF itself was originally formed during the temperance movement, which was one of the largest mass movements ever seen in this country, and was linked to a number of other progressive movements (including the founding of the Labour party).  However, times have changed, and the AHF has moved on from some of its original viewpoints.  IAS was set up to continue those parts of the work that are still relevant today – promoting scientific understanding, and promoting effective prevention of alcohol-related harm – and it is these two areas that are the shared legal aims of both IAS and the AHF.

The Alliance House Foundation has a library of archives containing temperance and other alcohol records dating back to the 1800s, situated at Alliance House, 12 Caxton St, London, SW1H OQS (map). A full list of the documents available can be viewed by or downloaded as a txt file.

Access to the archives is by appointment only. To book an appointment, please contact Research & Information Officer Habib Kadiri by telephone (0207 222 4001) or by email (


The Institute of Alcohol Studies is a company limited by guarantee No 05661538 and registered charity No 1112671     


Katherine Brown

Chief Executive

Katherine joined IAS from the Central Office of Information.

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Habib Kadiri

Research & Information Officer

Habib worked as a researcher and in media and communications before joining the IAS.

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Aveek Bhattacharya

Policy Analyst

Aveek Bhattacharya joined the IAS in August 2015 as a Policy Analyst.

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Lucy Bryant

Research & Policy Officer

Lucy joined the IAS as a Research & Policy Officer in October 2016.

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Kellie Donaldson

Office Manager

As Office Manager, Kellie Donaldson provides PA support to the Directors of AHF & IAS.

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Professor Marsha Morgan

Reader in medicine and honorary consultant physician – University College, London

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Professor Gerard Hastings

Professor of Social Marketing, founder/Director of the Institute for Social Marketing and Centre for Tobacco Control Research

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Professor Rob Baggott

Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Health Policy Research Unit, De Montfort University

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Professor Jonathan Shepherd CBE

Director of the Violence and Society Research Group at Cardiff University

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Professor Petra Meier

Professor of Public Health, University of Sheffield and Head of Sheffield Alcohol Research Group

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Professor David Jernigan

Director, Center for Alcohol Marketing and Youth, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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Professor Jeff Collin

Professor of Global Health Policy and Head of Social Policy, University of Edinburgh

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Michael Carr 


Michael is Chairman of the Institute of Alcohol Studies.

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Major John Boyd


John, a retired Salvation Army Major, was a Non-Executive Director for Cambridgeshire Mental Health Trust from 2002–5.

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Reverend Professor Stephen Orchard


Professor Orchard is a retired Principal of Westminster College, Cambridge.

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Reverend Dr Janet Tollington

Vice Chair

Janet is Vice-Chair of the Institute of Alcohol Studies.

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Linda Bauld


Linda Bauld is Professor of Health Policy at the University of Stirling.

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Peter Rice


Peter Rice is an Addiction Psychiatrist based in Scotland.

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