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

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 »

June 2021

June 2021

Alcohol and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, OECD’s investment case for alcohol control policies, and confusion over WHO’s draft action plan. Read more »

May 2021

May 2021

Office for National Statistics reports the highest rise in alcohol-specific deaths in 20 years Read more »

March 2021

March 2021

Spring Budget sees in new financial year with another blanket freeze on alcohol duties, while research finds availability of alcohol amplifies associations with deprivation and violence Read more »

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 »