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15:15 The case for better access to treatment for alcohol dependence in England

15:15 The case for better access to treatment for alcohol dependence in England

15:15 is a report that analyses why so few dependent drinkers get appropriate support and makes the case for 15% of dependent drinkers accessing treatment by 2015.

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A drinking nation Wales and alcohol

A drinking nation? Wales and alcohol

November 2010

Alcohol has been produced and consumed in Wales for around 4,000 years and has played a major role in the social, economic and cultural life of the country. But alcohol consumption has risen markedly in recent decades, with many people drinking well beyond the recommended guidelines.

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A losing bet Alcohol and gambling: investigating parallels and shared solutions

A losing bet? Alcohol and gambling: investigating parallels and shared solutions

February 2013

A report jointly published by Alcohol Concern Cymru and the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPysch) in Wales breaks new ground by considering alcohol and gambling, and the harms each can cause, side-by-side.

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Achieving positive change in the drinking culture of Wales

Achieving positive change in the drinking culture of Wales

October 2011

This research report reviews the existing evidence on what effect policy changes actually have on drinking patterns and culture. Although focused specifically on Wales, this work is international in its scope.

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Alcohol and calories: briefing

Alcohol and calories: briefing

August 2010

Weight gain is a major concern for many and is linked to a range of health problems. Many of us are taking in more calories in the form of food and drink than our bodies can use - and a major part of this is increasing levels of alcohol consumption.

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Alcohol and the mental health of older people

Alcohol and the mental health of older people

March 2013

This briefing looks at the effect of alcohol on the mental health of older people.

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Alcohol and the workplace

Alcohol and the workplace

February 2014

Alcohol can have a damaging effect on workplace productivity, safety, health and morale. With any amount of alcohol in their system, staff can be less efficient and less safe. In particular, where employees are doing jobs that need a high level of alertness to stay safe, impairment from ‘the morning after’ effect can be potentially catastrophic.

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Alcohol outcomes star: test version

Alcohol outcomes star: test version

November 2009

Alongside Triangle Consulting, Alcohol Concern is launching a 'test version' of the new Alcohol Outcomes Star.

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Alcohol training for youth providers project 2006-08

Alcohol training for youth providers project 2006-08

March 2009

An outline of the delivery and outcome of Alcohol Concern's youth provider training project, funded by Comic Relief.

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All in the mind

All in the mind

March 2013

This briefing paper highlights how alcohol-related brain damage (ARBD) is poorly understood by the public and many healthcare professionals. It makes the case for greater awareness and clearer pathways for prevention and treatment.

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An audit of alcohol-related harm in Joint Strategic Needs Assessments, Joint Health and Well-being Strategies and CCG Commissioning Plans

An audit of alcohol-related harm in Joint Strategic Needs Assessments, Joint Health and Well-being Strategies and CCG Commissioning Plans

An audit of the priority given to tackling alcohol-related harm by reviewing JSNAs, JSHSs and CCG plans from 25 local authority areas across England.

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An unhealthy mix Alcohol industry sponsorship of sport and cultural events

An unhealthy mix? Alcohol industry sponsorship of sport and cultural events

February 2011

Sponsorship of sporting and cultural events by the alcohol industry is common practice and is part of an increasingly diverse marketing mix designed to attract new drinkers and increase sales in existing drinkers.

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Binge – Drinking to get drunk: Influences on young adult drinking behaviours

Binge – Drinking to get drunk: Influences on young adult drinking behaviours

November 2012

In a survey of young people price and promotion are identified as important influences on ‘binge’ drinking in the UK.

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Brand stretching: alcohol advertising under the radar

Brand stretching: alcohol advertising under the radar

March 2014

The public is encountering alcohol brands in new contexts as drinks companies extend their marketing reach by linking their brands to non-alcoholic products. That’s the conclusion of a new briefing paper from national charity Alcohol Concern.

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Building a healthier relationship with alcohol

Building a healthier relationship with alcohol

April 2010

Alcohol Concern general election manifesto 2010.

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Counting the cost: irresponsible alcohol promotions in the night-time economy in Wales

Counting the cost: irresponsible alcohol promotions in the night-time economy in Wales

February 2010

Alcohol Concern examines the prevalence of alcohol promotions within the night-time economy in Wales.

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Demon Drink A study of alcohol and youth offending in London

Demon Drink? A study of alcohol and youth offending in London

December 2013

Alcohol misuse and youth crime are closely associated. This study shows higher risks for young offenders that drink than those that do not. The report recommends addressing risky alcohol use earlier before it reaches crisis point.

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Embrace knowledge set one: domestic abuse

Embrace knowledge set one: domestic abuse

June 2009

Aims to provide the alcohol and related fields with basic information that they will need in order to develop more family-focused services that take account of domestic abuse.

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Embrace knowledge set three: families and carers

Embrace knowledge set three: families and carers

May 2011

Aimed at helping adult alcohol services to improve their response to those whose lives are affected by another person's problem drinking. This includes the significant others, families and carers of problem drinkers.

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Embrace knowledge set two: parenting

Embrace knowledge set two: parenting

October 2009

Aims to provide the alcohol and related fields with basic information that they will need in order to develop more family-focused services that take account of domestic abuse.

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Embracing alcohol, domestic abuse and families: a new approach

Embracing alcohol, domestic abuse and families: a new approach

May 2011

This 'end of project' report gives an overview of the Embrace project - in particular, the experiences of the pilot sites as the Embrace team trained and guided them in developing the Embrace model. It also offers insight and guidance for alcohol services considering the idea of implementing the Embrace model within their own organisation.

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Everyone's problem

Everyone's problem

February 2012

The role of local alcohol services in tackling Wales’ unhealthy relationship with alcohol

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Factsheet: Advertising alcohol

Factsheet: Advertising alcohol

January 2004

The advertising of alcohol is an important and contentious issue which provokes much debate between the drinks industry on one side and organisations with public health concerns on the other.

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Factsheet: Alcohol and crime

Factsheet: Alcohol and crime

September 2004

Looks at the prevalence of alcohol-related crime and the nature of the relationship between excess drinking and crime - particularly violent crime.

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Factsheet: Alcohol and mental health

Factsheet: Alcohol and mental health

September 2002

Summarises research on the nature and scale of the problem of co-existent mental health and alcohol problems from the alcohol perspective.

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Factsheet: Alcohol, crime and disorder in the night-time economy

Factsheet: Alcohol, crime and disorder in the night-time economy

September 2010

The rapid expansion in recent years of the night-time economy (NTE) - now an important part of the leisure, tourism and service industries - raises serious crime and public health concerns.

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Factsheet: Drinking patterns

Factsheet: Drinking patterns

January 2009

This Alcohol Concern factsheet looks at the history of the UK's drinking culture and outlines some of the consequences of heavy and inappropriate drinking.

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Factsheet: Grasping the nettle: alcohol and domestic violence

Factsheet: Grasping the nettle: alcohol and domestic violence

June 2010

A completely revised edition of this factsheet provides an updated overview of the research on the association between alcohol and domestic violence, and examines the implications for policy and practice

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Factsheet: Men and alcohol

Factsheet: Men and alcohol

July 2008

This factsheet covers various aspects of men's drinking including drinking habits, risk factors and social and health effects of excess drinking.

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Factsheet: Mortality and alcohol

Factsheet: Mortality and alcohol

June 2003

This factsheet looks at figures for alcohol-related deaths and patterns of mortality across sexes and different ages.

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Factsheet: Putting brief interventions into practice

Factsheet: Putting brief interventions into practice

June 2006

Despite the evidence of the effectiveness of brief interventions, implementation of brief intervention programmes in primary care remains the exception rather than the rule.

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Factsheet: Tackling alcohol misuse in prison: a window of opportunity or a lost opportunity

Factsheet: Tackling alcohol misuse in prison: a window of opportunity or a lost opportunity

March 2007

This factsheet looks at the scale of alcohol misuse among prisoners, provides evidence of the effectiveness of interventions and outlines the current strategy for addressing alcohol problems in the prison population.

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Factsheet: The impact of alcohol on health

Factsheet: The impact of alcohol on health

December 2010

Alcohol misuse is a major cause of illness, injury and death. The World Health Organisation has identified alcohol as the third largest risk factor to health in developed countries.

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Factsheet: Women and alcohol - a cause for concern

Factsheet: Women and alcohol - a cause for concern?

December 2008

This factsheet examines how much women are drinking, recent trends in women's drinking and focuses on the key issues relating to women's drinking.

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Factsheet: Young people and alcohol

Factsheet: Young people and alcohol

January 2011

This factsheet looks at the existing evidence on young people's drinking, showing the prevalence of drinking and highlighting alcohol-related problems that are specific to young people.

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First report of the Youth Advertising Standards Advisory Group

First report of the Youth Advertising Standards Advisory Group

November 2011

Alcohol Concern's youth advisory group judge whether recent alcohol advertisements follow the Advertising Standards Authority's code.

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Fuelling the problem The sale of alcohol at petrol stations in Wales

Fuelling the problem? The sale of alcohol at petrol stations in Wales

July 2010

This briefing paper examines the issue of alcohol sales at petrol stations and makes proposals for future action.

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Full to the brim Outlet density and alcohol-related harm

Full to the brim? Outlet density and alcohol-related harm

June 2012

This report by Alcohol Concern Cymru says that licensing authorities in England and Wales need more powers to better regulate the availability of alcohol in their areas.

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Future proof: can we afford the cost of drinking too much

Future proof: can we afford the cost of drinking too much?

November 2009

This review examines levels of per capita alcohol consumption and alcohol-related mortality in the UK over the past 25 years.

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Guidance for user-led commissioning: how to involve alcohol service users in commissioning

Guidance for user-led commissioning: how to involve alcohol service users in commissioning

January 2008

Service user involvement is one of the most important measures and determinants of quality in public health planning and delivery. This document will guide commissioners of alcohol treatment services in determining how best to develop service user involvement in commissioners local commissioning process.

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Guide to Alcohol for Councillors

Guide to Alcohol for Councillors

December 2013

This guide is essential reading for every councillor looking to meet the new commissioning challenges and tackle alcohol abuse in our communities.

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Hidden harm Alcohol and older people in Wales

Hidden harm? Alcohol and older people in Wales

May 2011

This briefing paper highlights that although drinking tends to decline with age, this pattern may conceal serious alcohol-related problems amongst some older people.

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Investing in alcohol treatment - reducing costs and improving lives.  Alcohol Concern's learning from 10 years of consultancy and training

Investing in alcohol treatment - reducing costs and improving lives. Alcohol Concern's learning from 10 years of consultancy and training

July 2010

Alcohol misuse is a costly business. Not just for individuals and their families but also to society, through unemployment, welfare benefits, health care costs and housing support. Supporting dependent drinkers to turn their lives around makes good economic sense.

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It's only a game Domestic abuse, sporting events and alcohol: briefing

It's only a game? Domestic abuse, sporting events and alcohol: briefing

May 2010

This briefing from Alcohol Concern Cymru examines how alcohol consumption and reports of domestic abuse increase during sporting occasions.

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Keeping it in the family: growing up with parents who misuse alcohol

Keeping it in the family: growing up with parents who misuse alcohol

April 2008

This report by Alcohol Concern and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers highlights the negative effect that parents' chronic drinking can have on children.

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Lessons learnt from alcohol harm reduction initiatives across England: HubCAPP briefing

Lessons learnt from alcohol harm reduction initiatives across England: HubCAPP briefing

June 2010

The Hub of Commissioned Alcohol Projects and Policies (HubCAPP) is an online resource of local alcohol initiatives. This briefing presents information from a wide range of projects listed on the HubCAPP website and highlights the learning from each project.

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Making alcohol a health priority: opportunities to curb alcohol harms and reduce rising costs

Making alcohol a health priority: opportunities to curb alcohol harms and reduce rising costs

February 2011

This report highlights the rising trends of poor health and well-being linked to alcohol misuse in England and the poor state of the current public health response.

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Making an impression

Making an impression

March 2012

Recognition of alcohol brands by primary school children

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Message on a bottle: does the public have enough information about what they are drinking

Message on a bottle: does the public have enough information about what they are drinking?

July 2009

Alcohol Concern has been looking at how much information is available to the public about the unit content of the alcohol products they are buying.

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Mixed messages: briefing

Mixed messages: briefing

September 2011

In this briefing paper Alcohol Concern Cymru highlights the possible dangers of mixing highly caffeinated drinks with alcohol.

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New media, new problem

New media, new problem

August 2011

This report looks at how children and young people are at risk of being exposed to alcohol marketing and pro-drinking messages via the internet.

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Off measure: how we underestimate the amount we drink

Off measure: how we underestimate the amount we drink

December 2009

The Off Measure report shows that drinkers in the UK underestimate how much they drink by approximately one bottle of wine per week per drinker.

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Off the rails Alcohol and public transport in Wales

Off the rails? Alcohol and public transport in Wales

December 2010

The consequences of alcohol misuse in Wales are to be seen in a range of health problems, and also in crime and disorder in public spaces, including on public transport.

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On the front line: alcohol and the armed forces

On the front line: alcohol and the armed forces

July 2012

Alcohol plays a major role in the social environment of the British armed forces. Whilst alcohol may provide benefits in terms of social bonding and comradeship, drinking in excess can lead to physical and mental health issues, as well as operational problems.

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On the road

On the road

November 2013

This report examines the social, cultural, legislative and policy context of alcohol and driving in Wales and the UK as a whole. It looks in particular at the issue of driving under the influence of alcohol, but also more broadly at the place of alcohol on our roads.

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One on every corner

One on every corner

September 2011

The relationship between off-licence density and alcohol harms in young people.

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Out of the way Alcohol displays in supermarkets

Out of the way? Alcohol displays in supermarkets

March 2011

Research published today reveals the true extent of alcohol displays in supermarkets.

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Overexposed and overlooked

Overexposed and overlooked

October 2011

Alcohol Concern's survey of over 2,300 children and young people reveals concern at alcohol marketing exposure and support for stronger regulation that robustly protects under-18s.

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Overexposed: alcohol marketing during the World Cup 2010

Overexposed: alcohol marketing during the World Cup 2010

October 2010

This briefing from Alcohol Concern looks at the impact of alcohol advertising on children and the effectiveness of regulations in place to protect them.

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Peer-support briefing

Peer-support briefing

March 2010

A briefing about peer-support and the need for greater options to be made available to people with an alcohol problem.

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Reducing the impact of alcohol-related harm to Londoners - how well are we doing

Reducing the impact of alcohol-related harm to Londoners - how well are we doing?

June 2011

This audit, which focuses on progress on delivering to the alcohol harm reduction agenda in London since 2004, suggests a variable picture in terms of progress and its sustainability.

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Reducing underage alcohol harm in Accident and Emergency settings

Reducing underage alcohol harm in Accident and Emergency settings

April 2011

Evidence suggests that existing A&E department harm-reduction approaches lack coherency and that the most basic safeguarding measures, including referral pathways to specialist support, have not been uniformly established.

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Right time, right place: alcohol-harm reduction strategies with children and young people

Right time, right place: alcohol-harm reduction strategies with children and young people

October 2010

Alcohol consumption by under-18s remains a significant problem for the UK and whilst government policy has often focused on how to tackle alcohol as a public nuisance issue insufficient attention has been paid to the health problems that young people face.

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Safe.Sensible.Social.  Alcohol strategy local implementation toolkit

Safe.Sensible.Social. Alcohol strategy local implementation toolkit

July 2008

A resource to help local teams develop strategies to address alcohol-related crime, ill-health and other harms in line with Safe.Sensible.Social. The next steps in the National Alcohol Strategy.

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Spring 2012 report of the Youth Alcohol Advertising Council (YAAC)

Spring 2012 report of the Youth Alcohol Advertising Council (YAAC)

May 2012

This report by the Youth Alcohol Advertising Council (YAAC) – a group of young people coordinated by Alcohol Concern that review alcohol marketing against the Advertising Codes - looks at advertisements that break the spirit if not the letter of the Codes.

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Stick to the Facts: Alcohol advertising regulation that balances commercial and public interest

Stick to the Facts: Alcohol advertising regulation that balances commercial and public interest

June 2013

Alcohol advertising regulation is failing to protect young people. Alcohol Concern calls for a major shake up of the regulation framework to achieve a better balance between public health concerns and commercial freedoms.

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Summer 2012 report of the Youth Alcohol Advertising Council (YAAC)

Summer 2012 report of the Youth Alcohol Advertising Council (YAAC)

September 2012

The Youth Alcohol Advertising Council (YAAC) – a group of young people coordinated by Alcohol Concern that review alcohol marketing against the Advertising Codes - looks at advertisements that break the spirit if not the letter of the Codes.

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Swept under the carpet: children affected by parental alcohol misuse

Swept under the carpet: children affected by parental alcohol misuse

October 2010

This report by Alcohol Concern and The Children's Society highlights the significant impact on children of parental alcohol misuse.

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The price is right: protecting communities through action on alcohol sales

The price is right: protecting communities through action on alcohol sales

May 2009

This report investigates the relationship between the price of alcohol, consumption levels and alcohol-related harms.

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Unequal partners: a report into the limitations of the alcohol regulatory regime

Unequal partners: a report into the limitations of the alcohol regulatory regime

July 2008

A detailed analysis of official data and primary research into the way alcohol is sold in England

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What's the damage  Negative health consequences of alcohol misuse in Wales

What's the damage? Negative health consequences of alcohol misuse in Wales

June 2010

The results of a survey by Alcohol Concern Cymru show that many people in Wales remain ill-informed about the possible effects of alcohol on their health, and about what is sensible drinking.

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White cider and street drinkers: recommendations to reduce harm

White cider and street drinkers: recommendations to reduce harm

April 2011

Professionals working with homeless and dependent street drinkers have expressed concern for many years that white cider - often sold cheaper than bottled water - seems to have a particularly damaging effect on the health and behaviour of the people they work with.

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