Time for alcohol-free to leave the kids' table

Alcohol-free doesn't have to mean warm orange juice and a plastic cup - it can mean delicious mocktails, award-winning alcohol-free beer, even spirits without booze! Alcohol consultant Lauren Booker recently went to a swanky do where they clearly hadn't got the memo...Read more

A Room Full of Blossom: Writing through grief

Alison has always written as a way to make sense of the world. When her husband, Ian, died as a result of alcohol, she turned to writing to cope with her grief.Read more

News roundup: September 2018

This month in the news, Labour pledge hospital alcohol teams, criticism of UK drink-drive limit and demand for alcohol-free university accommodation increasing.Read more

Writing your way to recovery

As part of our 'Creativity and recovery' series we sat down with author Lily Dunn to talk about her latest project as co-editor of 'A Wild and Precious Life', an anthology of poetry and prose by writers in recovery.Read more

Britain's booziest sport? My money's on horseracing

As we approach the last Classic of the flat season, racing fan Andrew discusses an element of horseracing that's almost as distinctive as the horses: the drinking.Read more

News roundup: August 2018

Last month in the news... Adrian Chiles' documentary on drinking, 'no safe dose' reporting, alcohol industry revenue from heavy drinkers and more.Read more

Pay 3p more for a beer, save lives: the Alcohol Treatment Levy

We are calling for a 1% increase in alcohol duties, ring-fenced to support better funding for treatment services. This would generate £100 million each year, increasing treatment budgets by over 50%. But why?Read more

From homeless and dependent to film festival judge: Kelly’s story

As part of our 'Creativity and recovery' series we hear from Kelly, the winner of last year's Recovery Film Festival, about how taking part in the festival has helped in her recovery.Read more

It’s not about the alcohol! Helping communities to drink more healthily

How do you get ‘ordinary’ social drinkers thinking and talking about alcohol? Probably not by talking to them about alcohol... Andrew Misell looks at the legacy of the Communities Together project.Read more

Confusing research: is moderate drinking safe?

In the last two weeks, a number of reports have been published which seem to send contradictory messages on alcohol consumption and health. Is moderate drinking safe, or isn’t it?Read more

Time to look again at alcohol labels

According to the findings of new study from the University of South Wales it's time for us to think again about alcohol labels.Read more

News roundup: July 2018

Calls for review of alcohol marketing regulation, a cider slump in Scotland, and a new initiative to deter drunk flyers are just a few of the stories in this month's roundup.Read more

Simon cycles: Ride 100 for Alcohol Concern

In July 2018 Simon took on the Ride 100 - in what turned out to be one of the wettest 'dry challenges' ever.Read more

I love beer... Or do I just love alcohol?

Perhaps surprisingly for someone who works for Alcohol Concern, Andrew loves beer. Or does he just love the alcohol?Read more

#DryEighteen: Half-way there

Rob gave up alcohol for 2018. How's he getting on six months in?Read more


On 11 July Adfam launches #StigmaMakesMeFeel - an online campaign which will see 1000 people explaining how stigma has made them feel, and how it's impacted on their lives. Read the guest blog from Adfam's Robert Stebbings.Read more

Marking its own homework: why alcohol marketing regulation needs to change

About a year ago we set out to investigate alcohol marketing regulation in the UK, specifically the Portman Group's area of responsibility. What we found wasn't great.Read more

News roundup: June 2018

This month in the news: consultation into alcohol at airports, Uber developing new technology, and rum on the rise. Read more in the June alcohol news roundup.Read more

#Trainwine and “barmaids in the sky”: why are alcohol and travel so tied up in each other?

This year's Alcohol Concern Cymru conference is on the subject of alcohol and travel. But why are the two so closely linked?Read more

Fancy a Sober Summer?

21 June marks the official start of summer - hooray! But that also means the end of Sober Spring. What next? If you like your life with less alcohol, this is the blog for you: Catherine Gray talks us through how to manage a Sober (or more sober) Summer.Read more

The beautiful, beer-filled game

As the FIFA World Cup kicks off in Moscow on 14 June, the relationship between alcohol and football is again under scrutiny.Read more

#DryEighteen: Why did I do it?

Alcohol has been a part of Rob's life for a long time - sometimes a big part. But for 2018 he and a friend decided to ditch the booze - for a whole year.Read more

News roundup: May 2018

A national alcohol strategy, problems for the alcohol treatment sector and new consumption figures from the Office of National Statistics. Read more in the May alcohol news roundup.Read more

Drinking in pregnancy: how should the guidance work?

How should advice on alcohol and pregnancy be communicated? This seems like a simple question, but a new study has found that the reality is more complex.Read more

Mental health and alcohol: Graham's story

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, read Graham's story about alcohol and his mental health.Read more

News roundup: April 2018

New funding for children with alcohol dependent parents, the rise of non-drinking and a new large-scale study on alcohol and health. Read more in the April 2018 news roundup.Read more

Alcohol treatment: Time for action

The alcohol treatment sector is facing acute challenges. On 1 May 2018 politicians, service providers, researchers and charities met in the Houses of Parliament to set out the key challenges facing the sector, and how Government might address them.Read more

Top tips for your second month of Sober Spring

Check out some of author Catherine Gray's top books and podcasts for seeing you through a fabulous second month of Sober Spring.Read more

Alcohol treatment: what is it and why does it matter?

On 1 May 2018 we released new research, which finds that the alcohol treatment sector is in crisis. But what do we mean by ‘treatment’?Read more