This page provides information for individuals who have been invited to participate in the Reducing Alcohol Related Harm (RAHRA) study. It explains in more detail why the research is being conducted and what it involves for you, although you will have also been given this information over the phone. You may also contact us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. Our contact details (email/telephone) are at the end of this page. If you want to find out more about RAHRA then please visit http://www.rarha.eu/Pages/default.aspx.
1. Why is this study being done?
The study has been designed to help local and national agencies understand the impact of alcohol on the community. The study focuses on people’s experiences, opinions and attitudes towards alcohol. It does not matter whether you drink or not or how much your drink. The research is European wide and currently 20 European countries take part.
2. Why was I chosen?
Your telephone number was randomly selected. Only people aged 18 and over who live in England, Wales, or Scotland are being asked to take part in the study.
3. Can I withdraw from the study?
Completing the questionnaire is completely voluntary and the telephone researcher will have given you the choice of whether or not to take part. As the questionnaire is anonymous, we are not able to identify your answers and therefore it is not possible for us to withdraw you from the study once the questionnaire has been completed.
4. What are the possible benefits of taking part?
You may not receive direct benefit for yourself as a result of taking part in this study, but your contribution will help develop public health knowledge. The study will help inform the development and delivery of services to prevent the harms from alcohol experienced by people other than the drinker across the UK.
5. What are the possible harms of taking part?
You may find that some of the questions asked are/were quite personal in nature, and you may feel distressed or sad when recalling your experiences. If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in the questionnaire, then NHS numbers can be found at the bottom of this page. Support can also be accessed from your GP. Our trained researchers should have treated you fairly and with respect. However, if you have any concerns about the study, including the way you have been approached or treated, please contact Jane Webster (contact details at the end of this information page).
6. Will my taking part in the study be confidential?
The information you provide will be kept strictly confidential. The researcher will not tell anybody that you have taken part. All information is treated as confidential and will be stored securely. Only authorised individuals will have access to the information, which will be anonymised (meaning that all identifiable information will be removed). No individuals will be described or identified in any reports or papers which may result from this study.
7. How will the information I give be used and what will happen to the results of the study?
Answers from all survey participants will be combined and be used to help local and national agencies understand the broader impacts of alcohol. No individual will be identified in any reports, presentations or publications.
8. Who is organising the research?
The research is being conducted and organised by Liverpool John Moores University in conjunction with Middlesex University, and is co-financed by the European Commission.
9. Who has reviewed the study?
The Liverpool John Moores University Research Ethics Committee has reviewed the study and ethical approval has been given. A Research Ethics Committee is a group of independent people who review research to protect the dignity, rights, safety and well-being of participants and researchers.
The research team can be contacted at:
Telephone Research Team, Jane Webster, Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, Tel: 0151 231 4332 (9am – 5pm Monday-Friday), Email: J.L.Webster@ljmu.ac.uk, Web: www.cph.org.uk
LJMU study research lead, Harry Sumnall, Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, Tel: 0151 231 4516, Email: H.Sumnall@ljmu.ac.uk, Web: www.cph.org.uk
Middlesex University study research lead, Betsy Thom, Professor of Health Policy, Head Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Middlesex University, Tel: 0208 411 5519, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.mdx.ac.uk
If you would like further information or support about any of the issues raised in this research then please contact one of the confidential NHS support lines. These provide expert advice, information and reassurance. Trained healthcare professionals, including nurses and health advisors can deal with a wide range of health queries, including those related to alcohol.
NHS24 Scotland – 111
NHS Direct England – 111
NHS Direct Wales – 0845 4647