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Abigail Stevely

Name: Abigail Stevely

Based at: University of Sheffield

Supervisors: Prof Petra Meier & Dr John Holmes (University of Sheffield)

Project title: Using theories of practice to develop event-level alcohol epidemiology and policy analysis: Studying context, consumption and harm

Project summary: My project is informed by theories of practice and uses data on how people drink alcohol to find out which ways of drinking are harmful and to assess the effect that changing the law on serving alcohol had on how people drink. Alcohol is drunk in a variety of situations such as drinking beer at a pub with friends or relaxing alone on the sofa, which is often overlooked by research. Considering the contexts of alcohol consumption can help researchers to understand how and why interventions affect alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm.
My project therefore reviews the existing literature linking contextual characteristics of drinking occasions to alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm. This informs the other studies in the project. My policy study evaluates licensing changes in England & Wales and Scotland and my epidemiological study will generate new evidence on the understudied relationships between contextual characteristics and accident and emergency department attendance.

Practice engagement: My project explores novel methods in a growing research area and my findings indicate areas for future research. I am building relationships with researchers through attending and presenting at conferences to share these insights. I also plan to publish four papers from my PhD, of which the first has been accepted for publication in Addiction. My project is relevant to public health practitioners and decision makers as it provides evidence on reducing alcohol-related harm.

Public engagement: I plan to engage with the public using a variety of methods such as: press releasing journal publications, writing articles for ‘The Conversation’, giving public talks (e.g. pint of science) in a discursive forum or engaging with the ESRC festival of social science.

Find out more about Abigail’s work.

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