Health – alcohol

The public health burden of alcohol: evidence review, 2016
This review looks at the impact of alcohol on the public health and the effectiveness of alcohol control policies | PHE, UK

Alcohol and cancer trends: intervention scenarios (PDF)
Cancer Research UK commissioned the University of Sheffield to investigate how trends in alcohol consumption would affect future rates of alcohol-related harm, including cancer outcomes, and how alternative policy interventions would reduce this harm. This was undertaken using the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model (SAPM); an advanced population simulation model designed to forecast the impact of different alcohol policies on alcohol consumption and related harm | Cancer Research UK, UK

How to keep health risks from drinking alcohol to a low level Government response to the public consultation (PDF), 2016
The new alcohol guidelines aim to help people make informed decisions about their own drinking but to do so they need to be able to understand the guidelines and what they might mean for their own drinking habits. The consultation asked whether people found the guidelines clear and easy to use. This document summarises the responses to the consultation and how the wording of the final guidelines has changed as a result | DoH, UK

UK Chief Medical Officers’ Low Risk Drinking Guidelines (PDF), 2016
Some people do not drink, but for many, alcohol is part of their social lives. As with most activities, this carries a degree of risk. With this in mind, these guidelines have been developed to enable people to make informed choices about their alcohol intake. The intention is to help people understand the risks alcohol may pose to their health and to make decisions about their consumption in the light of those risks, but not to prevent those who want to drink alcohol from doing so | DoH et al, UK

Mortality and morbidity risks from alcohol consumption in the UK – analyses using the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model (v.2.7) to inform the UK Chief Medical Officer’s review of the UK lower risk drinking guidelines, 2016 (PDF)
This study estimates the alcohol consumption levels associated with two definitions of ‘low risk’ drinking which were developed when selecting guideline thresholds in Canada and Australia. These definitions are applied to UK data on alcohol consumption, hospitalisation and mortality alongside international epidemiological study evidence within the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model (v.2.7) | University of Sheffield, UK

CMO Alcohol Guidelines Revew, 2016
A summary of the evidence on understanding and response to public health guidelines | Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Drink Wise Age Well – Alcohol Use and the over 50s in the UK,  2016
This report demonstrates that there is a pressing need for action to reduce alcohol-related harm in older adults across the UK. This first State of the Nation Report from the Drink Wise, Age Well programme is a comprehensive overview of alcohol and ageing today; how much older adults drink, why they might drink and why we need to act | DrinkWise, UK

Global status report on alcohol and health 2014, 2015
The Global status report on alcohol and health 2014 presents a comprehensive perspective on the global, regional and country consumption of alcohol, patterns of drinking, health consequences and policy responses in Member States | WHO, Switzerland

Welcome to the Global Information System on Alcohol and Health (GISAH), 2015
The WHO Global Information System on Alcohol and Health (GISAH) provides easy and rapid access to a wide range of alcohol-related health indicators. It is an essential tool for assessing and monitoring the health situation and trends related to alcohol consumption, alcohol-related harm, and policy responses in countries  | WHO, Switzerland

Global strategy to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol, 2015 (PDF)
The harmful use of alcohol causes an estimated 2.5 million deaths every year, of which a significant proportion occur in the young. Alcohol use is the third leading risk factor for poor health globally. A wide variety of alcohol-related problems can have devastating impacts on individuals and their families and can seriously affect community life | WHO, Switzerland

Tackling harmful alcohol use, 2015 (PDF)
This book provides a detailed examination of trends and social disparities in alcohol consumption. It offers a wide-ranging assessment of the health, social and economic impacts of key policy options for tackling alcohol-related harms in three OECD countries (Canada, the Czech Republic and Germany), extracting relevant policy messages for a broader set of countries | OECD, Various