Evaluating interventions, reviewing evidence and delivering original research into alcohol consumption and harm across a range of populations and settings.
Public Health Institute brings together intelligence from international, national and regional sources, to provide policymakers and practitioners with the latest evidence on policy, practice and interventions.
Both original (quantitative and qualitative) research and investigations into published literature and established datasets are used to understand a range of topics including the role of alcohol in society; the health and social impacts of alcohol on individuals, the workplace and communities; motivations for consumption; awareness of alcohol information; the relationship between alcohol, other substance use and health behaviours and the impacts of interventions (e.g. education, brief interventions).
Public Health Institute has conducted research with a variety of populations including the general public, underage and young adult drinkers and service providers, and specific vulnerable groups such as those in contact with services and people who are homeless. Research is conducted across various settings such as workplaces, schools and nightlife environments. Recent work has examined levels of alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm; the effectiveness of interventions aimed at reducing such harms; youth drinking cultures and the influence of the media/marketing on young people’s decision making around alcohol use; alcohol use and pregnancy; street drinking; alcohol-related violence and the harms people experience as a result of other people’s alcohol consumption.
Alcohol Case Studies
Research Engagement and Impact Team – Alcohol Research
The Research Engagement and Impact Team work collaboratively with communities, voluntary and third sector organisations, local authorities and health and social care services to deliver research which has direct application back into practice. Alcohol is one priority topic area for …
Publications for Alcohol
Papers for Alcohol
‘Isn’t it mostly girls that do pre-drinks really?’ Young men and women’s accounts of pre-loading in the UK.
Drugs: Education,, 2017.
Abstract Pre-loading, the consumption of off-sale alcohol within private settings before socialising in licenced premises, is common among young people. The research explored young people’s accounts of pre-loading within their experience of wider peer group drinking occasions in the UK
Steps Towards Alcohol Misuse Prevention Programme (STAMPP): A school- and community-based cluster randomised controlled trial.
Professor Harry Sumnall, Ashley Agus, Jon Cole, Paul Doherty, David Foxcroft, Séamus Harvey, Andrew Percy
Public Health Research, 2017.
Abstract: Alcohol use in young people remains a public health concern, with adverse impacts on outcomes such as health, well-being, education and relationships.
Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union. doi:10.2810/042412, 2016.
Abstract: The emergence of NPS over the last decade poses an important challenge to drug policy (UNODC, 2013). While prevalence levels of NPS use remain low in the general European population, there are important concerns with more problematic forms of use and harms in particular risk groups across different health and social settings. Important public health issues have arisen as a consequence of their use, although the real extent of these harms across Europe remains unknown. Initial responses to NPS in Europe have largely been regulatory, focusing on their supply using legislative tools (EMCDDA, 2015a) but, as the phenomenon evolves, it has increasingly become a priority to formulate and implement effective public health responses. Yet, while information on and our understanding of the availability and use of NPS have increased, there are still considerable knowledge gaps in current practices and even in the challenges and needs of European health professionals who are responding to the use of and harms caused by these novel substances.