Our blog webpages host a series of opinion articles on various aspects of alcohol policy. If you are interested in making a contribution, please do get in touch via our 'Contact us' page

Contents unknown: what alcohol labels aren’t telling us

4th July 2022 | Anu Rumm
Contents unknown: what alcohol labels aren’t telling us

The only information required on alcohol labels is container size, ABV and common allergens. Non-alcoholic drinks need far more information. The alcohol industry claims that the self-regulatory approach to labelling is effective and delivers information to consumers, however a recent study by the AHA suggests otherwise. Read more »

Everything you wanted to know about minimum pricing, in one place

29th June 2022 | Dr Aveek Bhattacharya
Everything you wanted to know about minimum pricing, in one place

The World Health Organization published a comprehensive review of minimum pricing policies on alcohol, including summaries of the most recent evidence on their impact for countries to consider. In this blog economist Dr Bhattacharya explains what the review looked at. Read more »

What do we know about the alcohol industry’s engagement with youth alcohol education?

16th June 2022 | May van Schalkwyk, Mark Petticrew, Nason Maani, & Benjamin Hawkins
What do we know about the alcohol industry’s engagement with youth alcohol education?

The alcohol industry provides materials for schools to educate children about alcohol harm. This study highlights the bias nature of these materials, which normalise alcohol consumption and focus on individual responsibility and peer-pressure, while ignoring obligations of the alcohol industry to act ethically and safely and the role of governments to take actions to protect people. Read more »

The alcohol industry is everywhere? Researcher experiences of industry monitoring, surveillance, and legal threats

8th June 2022 | Dr Gemma Mitchell
The alcohol industry is everywhere? Researcher experiences of industry monitoring, surveillance, and legal threats

Researchers’ contact with the alcohol industry can range from short conversations at conferences, to attacks in the media and even legal threats. Here Dr Mitchell details the range of experiences and argues that more research is needed about the industry’s involvement in science, as well as more protection for those engaging in such research. Read more »

Healthy life expectancy: why tackling alcohol is key

18th May 2022 | Dr Alison Giles
Healthy life expectancy: why tackling alcohol is key

If the Government is serious about extending healthy life expectancy for all, it must get serious about tackling alcohol. With the Health Disparities White Paper being published soon, IAS’ Dr Alison Giles looks at what should be done. Read more »