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

February 2021

February 2021

In the edition: Pubs pray for Easter resurrection – government roadmap out of lockdown urges hospitality to wait a little longer for salvation Read more »

January 2021

January 2021

In the edition: The Westminster administration relies on its experiences of managing last year’s lockdowns to enforce a ban on takeaway alcohol in England Read more »

December 2020

December 2020

The Institute of Alcohol Studies has produced a round-up of the year’s highlights in UK alcohol policy Read more »

November 2020

November 2020

In this edition: New report looks at how nudge theory shapes alcohol policy, and survey and sales data show how home drinking has increasingly become the new normal as a result of COVID-19 lockdown measures Read more »

October 2020

October 2020

In this edition: COVID-19: Latest lockdown measures leave pubs in tiers, while our progress report on alcohol consumption during the pandemic warns of the hidden harm from the rise in increasing and higher risk drinking Read more »

September 2020

September 2020

In this edition: Think tank finds NoLo drinks have limited impact, while policymakers’ decisions over the fate of pubs during the coronavirus pandemic come under scrutiny once more Read more »

August 2020

August 2020

In this edition: The UK Government weighs up the trade-off between keeping pubs open or reopening schools in light of potential new lockdown Read more »

July 2020

July 2020

In this edition: Super Saturday night’s alright for drinking – UK Government declares pubs open for business again while research uncovers worrying levels of home drinking since March Read more »

Lockdown edition

Lockdown edition

This newsletter focuses on our summary of how Britain’s relationship with alcohol has fared since the nation went into lockdown Read more »

March 2020

March 2020

This month, research from think tank suggests population level measures are highly effective in combatting non-communicable diseases caused by excessive alcohol consumption Read more »