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Fitzgerald, Niamh and Angus, Colin . (2015) Four nations: How evidence-based are alcohol policies and programmes across the UK? London: Alliance for Useful Evidence and Alcohol Health Alliance. 42 p.

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This report by Niamh Fitzgerald (University of Stirling) and Colin Angus (University of Sheffield) investigates the extent to which alcohol policies and programmes across the UK are based on evidence.

The divergence of alcohol policy in the four nations of the UK since devolution has allowed us to compare and contrast how evidence is used in alcohol policy and the extent to which current policies across the UK are supported by scientific evidence. In this new report, we discovered substantial differences between the 4 nations in the way that alcohol problems are framed and policies implemented. These differences appear to reflect the level of activity within each country, with alcohol framed as a minority issue affecting only a small group of dependent drinkers at the UK level, while the more active devolved administrations tend to view or portray alcohol problems as a whole population issue.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD prevention, AOD disorder harm reduction, Crime prevention, Psychosocial treatment method, Rehabilitation/Recovery
Date:November 2015
Pages:42 p.
Publisher:Alliance for Useful Evidence and Alcohol Health Alliance
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:B Substances > Alcohol
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use
N Communication, information and education > Information transfer > Information transfer from research to practice
R Research > Research outcome > Policy implications of research
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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