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.