Invitation to Tender for research: Harm across the spectrum: Health harms from alcohol at different levels of consumption

July 2024 | 7 minutes

Alcohol Change UK is commissioning a research project to explore the prevalence of health harms caused by alcohol among groups with different levels and patterns of alcohol consumption in the UK

The deadline for submissions is 9am on Wednesday 14th August 2024.

Background

Public, policy and industry discourse around harm from alcohol often focuses, almost exclusively, on alcohol dependence, certain types of publicly visible ‘binge drinking’ (especially by young people), very high levels of alcohol consumption, and mortality. There is less attention and public awareness of the impact of alcohol consumption on health among people who are not physically dependent on alcohol. Yet we know that there are health risks associated with drinking alcohol, even at lower levels, that this risk increases with consumption, and that risks and harm from drinking alcohol at different levels is unevenly distributed among sociodemographic groups.

This exclusive focus on the extreme end of alcohol harm bolsters alcohol industry narratives that ‘alcohol harm’ is about a ‘small group of excessive drinkers’. This, in turn, leads the public, the media and the Government to vastly underestimate the number of people in the UK who are affected by alcohol harm and to tell only a small part of the story of alcohol harm.

The statistics on hospitalisations and deaths cause by alcohol produced by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, the Office for National Statistics, Public Health Scotland and Public Health Wales are very useful for investigating harm caused by alcohol in the UK. However, these data sets do not provide us with an analysis of the level of health harms among people across the spectrum of alcohol consumption.

This project will seek to investigate the prevalence and cost of health harms caused by alcohol among groups with different levels and patterns of alcohol consumption in the UK. The research will also examine how these health harms are distributed socially, by exploring and analysing the prevalence of illnesses and injuries at different levels of consumption among people with different sociodemographic characteristics.

The findings from this project will address a gap in current knowledge on health harms across the spectrum of alcohol consumption. This will produce valuable insight for those in the public health and alcohol support sectors working to reduce the harm caused by alcohol. The project will also provide useful data for UK, national and local governments to inform alcohol policy.

For more details about the project and how to submit a proposal, please contact us and download the invitation to tender below.  

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