Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) have released a report [pdf] following a British Sociological Association (BSA) symposium on ‘How do different disciplines talk about alcohol and how can we work better together?’, held in the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in April 2016.
The event aimed to bring together academics representing several Universities to discuss how the issue of alcohol consumption is seen in the fields of History, Geography, Sociology, Nursing, Psychology, Epidemiology and Public Health.
Included within the report, detailed presentations include:
In 2014 Alcohol Concern released the Blue Light Manual as part of a project to develop alternative approaches and care pathways for treatment resistant drinkers who place a burden on public services. Since then, a number of local areas have developed initiatives focusing on 'high impact' drinkers and new research on an assertive outreach trial has been released.
Guidance from the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on care for substance users with severe mental illness says that rather than creating specialist ‘dualdiagnosis’ services, health and social care (including substance use) services should adapt to these patients and collaborate in their care, led by the mental health service.
Selected alcohol events and dates forthcoming in 2017:
UPDATE: further details on parliamentary APPG alcohol strategy event (31 Jan), Drinkaware national conference (24 April) & SARN Occasional seminars (various dates) - see 'Other events' below.
Alcohol Research UK 2017 conference and Early Career Symposium
Alcohol Research UK's 2017 conference, ‘Working together: people, practice and policy in alcohol research’, takes place on Wednesday, 5th April 2017 in London. The event will explore co-production and collaboration in alcohol research and practice and consider how sharing experience can help to bridge the gaps between research and practice. Further details here or book your place through the Eventbrite page - early bird rate of £120 still available until 31 January.
An overview of the key research findings and implications for policy have been covered by Alcohol Research UK, who supported the special issue in conjunction with the Institute of Alcohol Studies. It states:
Public Health England (PHE) warned that eight in every 10 people aged 40 to 60 in England are overweight, drink too much or get too little exercise, reported the BBC. The PHE website and app has a quiz that gives users a health score based on their lifestyle habits by asking lifestyle questions that include drinking habits.
The Telegraph, reported on new [draft] NICE guidelines on alcohol physical problems which suggest women who drink two glasses of wine a night should be sent for scans by their GPs to check for cirrhosis. It reported critics said it was a “colossal waste of NHS resources”, but others have defended the advice.
By most accounts 2016 was a turbulent year in national and world politics; in UK alcohol policy terms it was by no means uneventful either - the revised drinking guidelines for instance. Looking forward to 2017, it could prove another significant year with the end of Scotland's Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) legal saga finally in sight, but potentially a new one beginning with Brexit's impact on alcohol to be played out.
The guidance and supporting tools and resources sets out how services for those dually diagnosed aged 14 and above should be improved to 'provide a range of coordinated services that address people’s wider health and social care needs, as well as other issues such as employment and housing.'