Sheffield Alcohol Research Group - latest news and activities


1st September 2014

SARG publish a paper on the cost-effectiveness of screening and brief intervention programmes in primary care

A group of SARG researchers have today published a systematic review of the existing evidence on the cost-effectiveness of screening and brief intervention programmes in primary care. Their conclusions show that such programmes are highly likely to be cost-effectiveness irrespective of the type of staff who deliver the intervention or the duration of the intervention itself.

Read the paper here.

1st August 2014

SARG welcomes new Research Associate, Dr Duncan Gillespie

On 1st August Duncan Gillespie joined SARG, from the University of Liverpool. Duncan will be working on a UKCTAS project to develop a joint policy model for alcohol and tobacco as a research associate in Health Economics and Decision Science.

1st July 2014

Dr Penny Buykx joins SARG as Senior Researcher

PennyBuykxSARG were delighted to welcome Penny Buykx, who joined our team on 1st July,  from Monash University in Australia. 

Penny is an experienced researcher who has previously undertaken a variety of epidemiological, clinical, and service evaluation projects.

24th June 2014

SARG publish a paper on UK excise duty and sales tax

A group of SARG researchers publish their findings on UK tax pass-through across product and price ranges, in the journal Addiction, asking the question:  do retailers treat cheap alcohol differently? 

Results indicate that alcohol retailers in the United Kingdom appear to respond to increases in alcohol tax by undershifting their cheaper products (raising prices below the level of the tax increase) and overshifting their more expensive products (raising prices beyond the level of the tax increase). This is likely to impact negatively on tax policy effectiveness, because high-risk groups favour cheaper alcohol and undershifting is likely to produce smaller consumption reductions.

To find out more, click here.

13th June 2014

SARG researcher Daniel Moyo awarded prestigious Ole-Jürgen Skog prize at Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol 2014 Symposium in Turin

Daniel MayoCongratulations to Daniel, who won the award for his was for his paper "Individual-level computational modelling to predict population-level alcohol consumption trends", based on its contribution to advancing knowledge in alcohol research and on its theoretical and methodological quality.

This prestigious award, for best paper presented by an early career scientist, was well-deserved for the excellent work that Daniel has done in inter-disciplinary systems engineering over the last 10 months. The research was funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council under grant number ES/K001760/1.

9th – 13th June 2014

SARG research present findings at KBS 2014 Symposium in Turin

KBSNine researchers from SARG presented recent work at the 2014 Kettil Bruun Society Symposium in Turin this year. Petra Meier, John Holmes, Yang Meng, Robin Purshouse, Daniel Moyo, Lucy Gell, Abdallah Ally, Melanie Lovatt and John Mooney presented work from a range of SARG projects.

1st April 2014

Modelling the impact of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Wales

WalesA new project “Modelling the impact of the introduction of a minimum unit price for alcohol in Wales” has started in March 2014. The project is commissioned by the Welsh Government and has been awarded to the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. The ScHARR research team includes Yang Meng (principal investigator), Lucy Gell, Susannah Sadler, Alan Brennan, John Holmes and Petra Meier. The aim of the study is to apply the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model to appraise the likely impact of minimum unit pricing for alcohol on the alcohol consumption, spending, and on the levels of alcohol-related harms in terms of health, crime and absenteeism in Wales.

Photo by Larry Burdeschitze under a Creative Commons License.

10 February 2014

SARG publish paper in The Lancet addressing impact of minimum unit pricing on drinkers from different income groups

Lancet paper Feb 2014An important paper by the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group, entitled Effects of minimum unit pricing for alcohol on different income and socioeconomic groups: a modelling study has been published in The Lancet.

This modelling study is the first to consider how drinkers from different income groups would be affected by minimum pricing in terms of alcohol consumptions and spending, alcohol-related deaths, illnesses, and cost to the health service.  

The results suggest that minimum pricing for alcohol effectively targets high risk drinkers, with negligible effects on moderate drinkers with low incomes.

6th February 2014

SARG publish a paper in BMC Family Practice that evaluates a programme of screening and brief interventions in Italy

SARG researchers Colin Angus, Robin Purshouse and Alan Brennan publish a study entitled Cost-effectiveness of a programme of screening and brief interventions for alcohol in primary care in Italy which provides strong support for the promotion of a policy of screening and brief interventions throughout Italy.

9 January 2014

Sheffield Alcohol Research Group response to the BMJ report

Alcohol pricing reportIn late 2012, the Home Office requested a report on our most recent analyses examining the effects of minimum unit pricing. This was to inform consultation and impact assessment for policy proposals arising from the Government's Alcohol Strategy.

These analyses were published in two separate reports by the University of Sheffield on 17 July 2013, the first outlining results from a long-term study into the potential impact of alternative levels of minimum unit price and the second, produced in June 2013, exploring the potential impact of a ban on selling alcohol below cost.

The reports were made available to the Government in draft form throughout the months leading up to the announcement and the substantive conclusions of the reports did not change throughout that period.

The Government did not bar SARG from releasing the reports - we had agreed from the outset that we would align our publication with the Government's response to the Alcohol Strategy consultation to ensure we provided their impact assessment of minimum unit pricing with the most up-to-date evidence possible. Having produced additional analyses on below cost selling in June, a further consideration was that if these were published directly before the Government's announcement that could be considered a de facto announcement of Government policy.

SARG's research into the effects of minimum unit pricing is funded by the Medical Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council.

Dr John Holmes, Research Fellow, Sheffield Alcohol Research Group at University of Sheffield explains the research further in a blog published by The Conversation.

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