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

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 »

September 2021

September 2021

Alcohol marketing highly prevalent across 2020 Six Nations; serious injuries from drink-driving traffic collisions increase; and survey shows public support for alcohol advertising restrictions Read more »

August 2021

August 2021

Scotland sees highest alcohol deaths since 2008; LGA calls for public health aspect of licensing; Pernod Ricard’s ‘Dark Nudge’ advert; and study on UK Ministerial meetings and political donations. Read more »

July 2021

July 2021

Public Health England releases shocking alcoholic liver disease statistics; alcohol-attributable cancer study and campaign; and battling alcohol industry messaging Read more »