The Alcohol Alert is our monthly newsletter, covering the latest issues in UK alcohol policy. It comes with a podcast (links to the most recent episodes on the right hand side of the page) interviewing prominent figures in alcohol research, policy and practice, and is free to subscribe to via Substack. Below is our archive of editions dating back to 1997

July 2022

July 2022

IAS study projects thousands of deaths from pandemic drinking; Global Burden of Disease study; Health Disparities paper delayed; and Commons debates alcohol tax reform. Read more »

June 2022

June 2022

Calls to ban alcohol ads; No clear evidence on MUP; labelling still fails consumers; WHO pricing report; and sobriety tag failures. Read more »

May 2022

May 2022

Alcohol packaging as a health communications tool; WHO marketing report; Reality TV bombards children with alcohol; and should guidelines be different for people who are overweight? Read more »

April 2022

April 2022

The Health Disparities White Paper; Ban on football match drinking may be overturned after 40 years; ‘Sobriety tags’ to be rolled-out further. Read more »

March 2022

March 2022

WHO looks to strengthen alcohol plan; Government’s “dismal record” on 2012 strategy; NICE says pregnant women should be asked how much they drink. Read more »

February 2022

February 2022

Wine bottles contain 0-15 teaspoons of sugar; Lords’ demands better product labelling; Alcohol industry lobbies via WTO; Utah’s lower drink drive limit saves lives. Read more »

January 2022

January 2022

Marketing & Consumption of NoLos; What are AAFs and what has changed; Ireland introduces MUP; and the WHF says there’s no safe level of alcohol for heart health Read more »

December 2021

December 2021

As we near the end of another COVID-filled year, we reflect on the progression, stagnation and regression in the world of alcohol research, policy and harm. Read more »

November 2021

November 2021

‘No Escape: How Alcohol Advertising Preys on Children and Vulnerable People’; ‘Sobriety ankle tags’ rolled out after successful pilot; Cross party group of MPs demands better approach to reduce alcohol harm; Scottish LibDems and 28 NGOs call for minimum unit price to increase Read more »

October 2021

October 2021

Big change for alcohol duty but will public health win; Alcohol industry funded websites spread misinformation on cardiovascular risk; How has minimum unit pricing in Scotland affected alcohol-related crime? Read more »