Sheffield Alcohol Research Group - latest news and activities


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


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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