Alcohol Concern is a small charity working in England and Wales trying to change the conversations and attitudes people have about alcohol.
Our vision is of a world where alcohol does no harm.
To achieve this we:
We are brave and honest about a difficult issue that can affect people from all walks of life. We are not afraid to be unpopular by stating the evidence about alcohol and we are not afraid to challenge the alcohol industry, government or out of date ways of thinking.
We will work with other organisations who genuinely want to reduce harm caused by alcohol. To maintain our independence, we not accept donations from the alcohol industry but we rely on contributions from individual supporters, earned income and grants. We see working with local and central government as a vital way of achieving our vision of a world where alcohol does no harm.
We promote understanding about the problems that alcohol can cause and the policy solutions. We base our research, lobbying, and campaigns on evidence based research. We source our facts from rigorous peer reviewed academic research, national governments and their agencies, and respected international institutions such as the World Health Organisation.
Alcohol is a complex issue. Alcohol is legal and people enjoy drinking. We are not anti-alcohol. However the evidence is clear: alcohol can cause a range of health problems such as stroke, cancers, high blood pressure and heart disease, and is associated with many different types of crime such as violence and antisocial behaviour. While some people can enjoy alcohol moderately and within recommended guidelines, for others alcohol can be a devastating addiction and effectively destroy their lives. It is estimated that over 1.6 million people in the UK are living with an alcohol addiction.
Alcohol Concern works on lots of different projects and schemes every year and we are always trying to campaign against alcohol-related harm
If you would like to work for us, please click here to view our current vacancies.
If you’d like to pay us a visit, our office is based in Shoreditch in Central London.
Professor Sir Ian Gilmore is an honorary consultant physician at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and holds an honorary chair at the University of Liverpool.
The team at Alcohol Concern is committed to changing the conversations that people have about alcohol.