Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern are consulting on the future direction of their merged charity and are seeking responses from those involved in the alcohol sector. The two organisations officially merged last year after announcements that prompted debate about the future role and implications.
Stakeholders are being invited to share your thoughts and ideas by visiting their website and completing the short online form, making a comment on their discussion board, or mentioning them on social media @AlcoResearchUK and @AlcoholConcern. The consultation closes on 27 April 2018.
Research and advocacy - compatible goals?
The significant question for many in the alcohol field may be how the delivery of research activities and advocacy or campaign related work may be prioritised and delivered as a single organisation. Whilst the two organisations share the same broad objectives of reducing alcohol-related harms, Alcohol Research UK have primarily delivered this through funding of research and other activities (including this blog - though without any editorial control). Alcohol Concern though have largely been a campaign and advocacy organisation in recent years, notably developing Dry January and calling for stronger policy approaches in England and Wales such as Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP). You can read more here about the short history of the two organisations in the context of the merger on our last post about the merger.