Sheffield Alcohol Research Group - latest news and activities

2015

1-5th June 2015

Ten SARG members present at the 41st Annual Kettil Bruun Society Symposium in Munich, Germany.

KBS 2015 was held from 1-5th June in Munich, Germany.

The Sheffield Alcohol Research Group had a strong presence at the conference, with members presenting findings from a diverse portfolio of projects:

  • Colin Angus - The changing face of alcohol availability in Great Britain: An analysis of trends in outlet types and density between 2003-2014
  • Alan Brennan - Preventing increases in alcohol affordability: identifying an appropriate mechanism for uprating excise duty over time
  • Penny Buykx - Using routine administrative data from specialist alcohol treatment services in England to estimate client severity of dependence, complex needs and treatment pathways
  • Lucy Gell - An examination of the clustering of alcohol's harm to others: patterns and correlates
  • Duncan Gillespie - How inequalities in tobacco and alcohol consumption might modify the effects of public health action: a modelling case study of head, neck and oesophageal cancer
  • John Holmes - Evidence and expert judgement in setting low risk drinking guidelines
  • Jessica Li - Understanding variation in alcohol consumption estimates: a comparison of sub-group specific alcohol consumption distributions across four English population-based surveys
  • Melanie Lovatt - The influences on the characteristics of drinking occasions in the United Kingdom
  • Petra Meier - Gender differences in responses to alcohol pricing policies: a modelling study
  • Susi Sadler - Comparing health condition-specific socioeconomic gradients in alcohol-related harm between the four UK countries

4th June 2015

Lucy Gell presents ALICE RAP findings on the determinants of addiction at the World Health Organisation

Representatives from the (ALICE RAP) project were invited to share key findings from the project with the Mental Health and Substance Abuse team at the World Health Organisation in Geneva on 4th June 2015.

Lucy was presenting key findings from Work Area 3 of the ALICE RAP project, which is focused on identifying the determinants of transitions in the development of harmful substance use and gambling. The results of this project will be available in a book - 'What determines harm from addictive substances and behaviours?' - to be published by Oxford University Press in early 2016.

20th April 2015

Colin Angus co-runs a workshop at 'Alcohol Brief Interventions: Where next for IBA?' conference

On Monday 20th April Colin Angus attended a conference on Alcohol Brief Interventions: Where next for IBAs? in Birmingham organised by The Alcohol Academy.

Together with Amy O'Donnell from the University of Newcastle, he ran a workshop presenting results from the ODHIN (Optimising Delivery of Healthcare Interventions) study and co-ordinated a discussion around the challenges of incentivising patient health behaviours for practitioners in primary care.

1st April 2015

SARG says farewell to John Mooney

SARG bid goodbye to a valued member of the team yesterday. John Mooney has left to take up a position as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sunderland.

We wish him well in his new position!

18-19th March 2015

SARG members attend the PHE Applied Epidemiology Scientific Meeting at Warwick University

Three members of the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group are presenting research over the next couple of days at the PHE Applied Epidemiology Scientific Meeting at Warwick University. 

  • Dr John Holmes will give an oral presentation on the 'Effects of minimum unit pricing for alcohol on different income and socioeconomic groups: A modelling study'. 
  • Colin Angus will discuss the 'Inclusion of Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice in the NHS Health Checks: A Cost-Effective and Inequality-Reducing Measure?'.
  • Susi Sadler will present a poster on 'Comparing socioeconomic gradients in alcohol-related harm between the four UK countries'.

For further information on the conference and SARG work being presented, please visit the conference website here.

13th March 2015

John Holmes and Colin Angus give evidence at Oireachtais Committee on Health and Children

Ireland

Yesterday, John Holmes and Colin Angus went to Ireland to give evidence to the Oireachtais Committee on Health and Children, who are taking evidence on the headers of the Irish Public Health (Alcohol) Bill.

They presented the findings of a SARG project investigating the potential impact of introducing minimum unit pricing in Ireland and took questions from the committee members about the details the policy and how it would work in Ireland.

9th March 2015

SARG welcomes a visiting scholar: Elena Gomes de Matos

Elena Gomes de Matos had joined the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group as a visiting scholar until 30th April 2015.

Elena is a research assistant and PhD student at the IFT in Munich. Principle overlapping research interests between SARG and IFT include socio-economic inequalities in alcohol use, how inequalities develop over time, and measures to reduce them. Over the course of the next 8 weeks, it is hoped that this visit will establish and strengthen a longer-term research relationship between SARG and the IFT in Munich.

9-11th February 2015

Penny Buykx and Susi Sadler attend a CRUK Sandpit

Penny and Susi attended Cancer Research UK’s second ‘sandpit’ event - part of the CRUK/BUPA Foundation Cancer Prevention Initiative, which aims to prevent cancer by funding cutting-edge research into behavioural and lifestyle changes. The aim of the event was to catalyse new multidisciplinary collaborations and develop innovative, radical and pioneering research in cancer prevention by bringing together a range of academic, industry, and community sector representatives, along with CRUK Centre of Excellence for Public Health Director and topic-specialist mentors to develop innovative and collaborative new research ideas.

Over the intensive three days of the event, participants identified a huge range of potential topics for research and intervention development related to the topic of risk perception and how this affects decision-making, behaviours and therefore cancer risk. Groups then worked together to select, develop and pitch skeleton research proposals for feasibility study funding.

Penny was part of a group which successfully bid to run a small study to develop a framework to record how politicians discuss alcohol and alcohol-related issues and policies. The content of publicly available documents, including speeches, interviews and media statements will be analysed in order to increase understanding of how issues of alcohol policy are framed and understood by key politicians and the potential relationship of this with decision making.

Penny and Susi also developed a successful bid along with psychologists and marketing experts to develop and design a novel mobile phone app aimed at helping people establish new habits for increased activity by encouraging them to record and diarise the good feelings associated with that activity (the ‘Bank of Good Times’!).

These projects will kick-off in April 2015 for twelve months, and are then expected to lead to the development of high-quality full CRUK research proposals for 2016 onwards.

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