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Alcohol

The aim of the NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR) alcohol programme was to identify and evaluate approaches to reducing alcohol-related harm that are relevant in an English public health policy context.  There are multiple causes of and influences on alcohol use. Prevention of alcohol consumption and harm is complex and requires multiple integrated components that can operate at individual, community and environmental levels.  Our programme of research focussed on multiple research areas and drew on a range of methodological approaches which supported evidence-based decision making at a local level.

Alcohol was an SPHR research programme during the first quinquennium of the School (2012-2017).  Although this is no longer a focus for SPHR, our research is still having an impact in this area.

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Comparing digital and practitioner delivered interventions for alcohol

The aim of this project is to assist local and national policy-makers develop efficient strategies to help achieve wide scale roll out of alcohol interventions to reduce health harm.

September 2017 - February 2019

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Optimising the alcohol reduction smartphone app: Drink Less

This research project will further develop the Drink Less app to incorporate findings from the original Drink Less study to make the app more suitable and user friendly.

January 2018 - July 2019

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Exploring community engagement in local alcohol decision making

This study will explore the range of ways community members can engage with local authorities and influence decisions around alcohol policy in the local area.

February 2018 - November 2018

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Safeguarding children affected by parental substance misuse

This research project will look at parenting interventions which may be adapted for non-substance misusing parents and caregivers within families where one parent misuses substances.

April 2018 - September 2019

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Developing a new school-based digital intervention to prevent harmful alcohol use among young people aged 13-14 years

This research aims to carry out qualitative research to underpin the development of a new internet-based intervention to prevent alcohol use and related harms aimed at year 9 students.

January 2018 - April 2019

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Complex systems approach to evaluation: alcohol case study

This project will harness collaborations and datasets established by the previous SPHR research to build on themes and proposes to analyse public health policy from a complex systems perspective. It will use the complex system of the drivers of alcohol consumption as a case study and explore applications to other areas of behaviour.

July 2017 - June 2018

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Improving the evaluation of public health interventions: a focus on alcohol licensing

This project aims to develop a tool which was used to estimate the impact of alcohol licensing policies on public health and crime across the country, to see if it can be used on a smaller scale to help practitioners in local authorities make decisions around public health interventions and alcohol licensing. 

June 2017 - November 2018

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Evaluating the impact of a Cumulative Impact Zone Policy to reduce alcohol-related harms in Islington Local Authority

The research aimed to evaluate the impact of the introduction of Cumulative Impact Zones to reduce alcohol related harms across the London Borough of Islington.

May 2014 - October 2016

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Evaluation of the Public Health Alcohol Licencing (PHAL) Tool

This study aimed to understand more about how public health practitioners in London undertake alcohol licensing work and the factors that shape how they can influence licensing decisions.

July 2016 - May 2018

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DrinkThink: alcohol screening and brief intervention for young people in youth, social service and healthcare settings

This research aimed to investigate how DrinkThink, a specially designed alcohol screening and brief intervention (ASBI) for young people, was being applied by staff who were trained in its delivery.

June 2014 - March 2017

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