Shifts in alcohol consumption during the pandemic could lead to thousands of extra deaths in England

Two new studies from the Institute of Alcohol Studies/HealthLumen and the University of Sheffield show the impact of pandemic-related changes in alcohol consumption on health outcomes Lighter drinkers decreased their consumption on average during the pandemic, but heavy drinkers increased their alcohol intake Both studies estimate substantial increases in alcohol-related harms and pressure on the… Read more »

Small Grants Scheme 2022 – Open for Applications

We are inviting applications from researchers – especially early career researchers – to our small grants scheme. This scheme will provide funding for innovative research ideas that can help inform public policy debates on how to tackle alcohol harm. Priority will be given to proposals that align with our organisational objectives, as outlined in our… Read more »

IAS & AHA respond to the Levelling Up White Paper

On 2 February 2022, the Government released the Levelling Up White Paper which sets out the Government’s plans to improve lives and expand opportunities across the whole United Kingdom. In response, Dr Alison Giles, Chief Executive of IAS and Chair of the Communications and Advocacy Group for the Alcohol Health Alliance UK, said: “The Government plans to… Read more »

IAS statement on World Heart Federation’s ‘no safe level of alcohol’ briefing

The health risks of alcohol were in the news again last week following the World Heart Federation (WHF) stating that: “Risks due to alcohol consumption increase for all the major cardiovascular diseases, including hypertensive heart disease, cardiomyopathy, atrial fibrillation and flutter, and stroke. The widespread message for over 30 years from some researchers, the alcohol… Read more »

Alcohol & Human Rights – Sustainability Series Seminar 4

Wednesday, 02 March 2022 10:00 – 11:30 GMT Alcohol & Human Rights The last seminar in our four-part series will consider human rights and alcohol, including: Workers’ rights for alcohol industry employees in the developing world Industry practices in Africa Female promotional workers’ rights and their risk of sexual harassment and assault Gender and health… Read more »

IAS statement: Alcohol-specific deaths rise by 19% in UK in 2020

“Sadly, the news of an almost 19% rise in alcohol-specific deaths in the UK is unsurprising. Earlier this year data from England and Scotland already highlighted a similar increase in such deaths. Alcohol harm does not affect people equally, with men and those most deprived suffering the most in society. These deaths were predominantly among… Read more »