The trustees of Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern are pleased to announce plans to merge the activities of the two charities by April 2017.

Both organisations share virtually identical charitable objects, with a clear mission to reduce the harm caused by alcohol. Alcohol Research UK has a long record of research excellence and impact, while Alcohol Concern brings a strong media and campaigning profile. Combined, the two charities aim to be in a much stronger position to use robust evidence to campaign for, and support those working to achieve, a reduction in alcohol harms.

“Alcohol Research UK funds high quality and impartial research that addresses some of the most important issues and challenges in the alcohol harm reduction field today,” says Professor Alan Maryon-Davis, Chair of Alcohol Research UK.

He added: “Alcohol Concern is well recognised for its high-profile advocacy work to help reduce the many harms from alcohol misuse, and in particular for its excellent Dry January initiative. We see the marrying of evidence-based advocacy with our primary function of fostering research into reducing alcohol harm as a powerful strategic fit.”

Richard Sumray, Chair of Alcohol Concern said: “It’s an exciting moment in Alcohol Concern’s long history of campaigning to reduce the harm caused by alcohol.  The decision to merge with Alcohol Research UK makes absolute sense and I’m delighted that we’re going ahead as the work of the combined charity will only go from strength to strength. We hope our many supporters will continue to work with us as we make this journey to a new and improved organisation.”

The charities are currently working through the merger process but the intention is for all existing activities and staff posts to be retained.


Notes to Editors:

  1. The Chief Executive of the merged charities will be Dave Roberts, who is currently the CEO of Alcohol Research UK. Joanna Simons, the current CEO of Alcohol Concern was appointed with a specific remit to look at options for the future strategy of the organisation and will remain as CEO until a successful merger is completed.
  1. Alcohol Research UK works to reduce levels of alcohol-related harm by ensuring that policy and practice can always be developed on the basis of research-based evidence. It is a lead funder of high quality research into the causes, impact and prevention of alcohol-related harm and the only organisation exclusively dedicated to building an evidence base in this area.

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  1. Alcohol Concern works throughout England and Wales towards our vision of a world where alcohol does no harm. We help people through information, advice and guidance; help professionals through training, projects and research; and help all of us through campaigns to challenge the drinking culture in our country.

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Julie Symes, Marketing and Communications Officer, Alcohol Research UK on 07981 108743, [email protected]

Cara Barrett, Press and Communications Manager, Alcohol Concern on 0203 815 8923,

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