Sheffield Alcohol Research Group - Publications

Journal articles 

Where published articles are not open access, links to pre-publication versions are provided as they become available.  Please contact the authors directly or email sarg@sheffield.ac.uk if you cannot access any article or would like to point us to broken links in the list below. 

2016

Angus C, Thomas C, Anderson P, Meier PS, Brennan A. (2016) 'Estimating the cost-effectiveness of brief interventions for heavy drinking in primary health care across Europe', European Journal of Public Health, DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckw122

Ally A, Lovatt M, Meier PS, Brennan A, Holmes J. (2016) 'Developing a social practice-based typology of British drinking culture in 2009-2011: Implications for alcohol policy analysis', Addiction, 111 (9), pp.1568-79 (Open Access).  See accompanying commentary.

Meier PS, Holmes J, Angus C, Ally AK, Meng Y and Brennan A. (2016) 'Estimated effects of different alcohol taxation and price policies on health inequalities: A mathematical modelling study', PLOS Medicine, 13 (2), e1001963. (Open Access)

de Vocht F, Heron J, Egan M, Mooney JD, Angus C, Brennan A, Hickman M. (2016) 'Testing the impact of alcohol licensing policies on reported crime rates in England', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, DOI: 10.1136/jech-2016-207753. (Open Access)

Brown J, West R, Beard E, Brennan A, Drummond C, Gillespie D, Hickman M, Holmes J, Kaner E, Michie S. (2016) 'Are recent attempts to quit smoking associated with reduced drinking in England', BMC Public Health, 16 (535), pp.1-7

Lewer D, Meier P, Beard E, Boniface S, Kaner E. (2016) 'Unravelling the alcohol harm paradox: A population-based study of social gradients across very heavy drinking thresholds', BMC Public Health, DOI:10.1186/s12889-016-3265-9. (Open Access)

Egan M, Brennan A, Buykx P, de Vocht F, Gavens L, Grace D, Halliday E, Hickman M, Holt V, Mooney JD, Lock K (2016) 'Local policies to tackle a national problem: Comparative qualitative case studies of an English local authority alcohol availability intervention', Health & Place, 41, pp.11-8

Baumberg Geiger B and MacKerron G (2016) 'Can alcohol make you happy? A subjective wellbeing approach', Social Science and Medicine', 156, pp.184-91

Stockwell T, Zhao J, Greenfield T, Li J, Livingston M, Meng Y. (2016) 'Estimating under- and over-reporting of drinking in national surveys of alcohol consumption: Identification of consistent biases across four English-speaking countries', Addiction, 111 (7), 1203-13

Gmel, G., Holmes, J. and Studer, J. (2016) 'Are alcohol outlet densities strongly associated with alcohol-related outcomes?  A critical review of recent evidence?', Drug and Alcohol Review, 35 (1), pp.40-54 (Open access).  See accompanying commentary and response from the authors.

Brennan, A., Meier, P., Purshouse, R., Rafia, R., Meng, Y., and Hill-McManus, D. (2016) 'Developing policy analytics for public health strategy and decisions - the Sheffield alcohol policy model framework', Annals of Operational Research, 236 (1), pp.149-76 (Open access)

Brown J, West R,  Angus C, Beard E, Brennan A, Drummond C, Hickman M, Holmes J, Kaner E and Michie S. (2016) 'Comparison of brief interventions in primary care on smoking and excessive alcohol consumption: a population survey in England', British Journal of General Practice. 66(642):e1-9. (Open Access)

2015

Brennan, A., Meier, P., Purshouse, R., Rafia, R., Meng, Y., Hill-McManus, D., Angus, C. and Holmes, J. (2015) 'The Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model: A Mathematical Description', Health Economics, 24 (10), 1368-88 (Open access)

de Vocht, F., Campbell, R., Brennan, A., Mooney, J., Angus, C. and Hickman, M. (2015) 'Propensity score matching for selection of local areas as controls for evaluation of effects of alcohol policies in case series and quasi case-control designs', Public Health, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2015.10.033. (Open Access)

de Vocht, F., Heron, J., Angus, C., Brennan, A., Mooney, A., Lock, K., Campbell, R. and Hickman, M. (2015) 'Measurable effects of local alcohol licensing policies on population health in England', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, DOI: 10.1136/JECH-2015-206040

Lovatt, M., Eadie, D., Meier, P.S., Li, J., Bauld, L., Hastings, G. and Holmes, J. (2015) 'Lay epidemiology and the interpretation of low risk drinking guidelines by adults in the United Kingdom', Addiction, 110 (12), pp.1912-9. Listen to Melanie Lovatt discuss the research here and see accompanying commentary on the article. (Open access)

Probst, C., Moyo, D., Purshouse, R. and Rehm J. (2015) 'Transition probabilities for four states of alcohol use in adolescence and young adulthood: what factors matter when?', Addiction, 110 (8), pp.1272-80

Holmes, J., Angus, C. and Meier, P.S. (2015) 'UK alcohol industry's "billion units pledge": interim evaluation flawed', British Medical Journal, DOI:10.1136.bmj.h1301. Listen to the authors discuss the research here.

Beard, E., Brown, J., West, R., Acton, C., Brennan, A., Drummond, C., Hickman, M., Holmes, J., Kaner, E., Lock, K., Walmsley, M. and Michie, S. (2015) 'Protocol for a national monthly survey of alcohol use in England with 6-month follow-up: 'The Alcohol Toolkit Study'', BMC Public Health, 15 (230)  doi:10.1186/s12889-015-1542-7 (Open access)

2014

Gell, L., Meier, P.S. and Goyder, E. (2014) 'Alcohol consumption among the over 50s: International comparisons', Alcohol and Alcoholism, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/agu082 (Open access here)

Brennan, A., Meng, Y., Holmes, J., Hill-McManus, D. and Meier, P. (2014) 'Potential benefits of minimum unit pricing for alcohol versus a ban on below cost selling in England 2014: modelling study', BMJ, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5452.  See accompanying editorial.  (Open access)

Holmes, J., Meier, PS., Booth, A. and Brennan, A. (2014) 'Reporting the characteristics of the policy context for population-level alcohol interventions: A proposed 'Transparent Reporting of Alcohol Intervention ContExts' (TRAICE) checklist', Drug and Alcohol Review, 33 (6), pp.596-603. (Open access)

Holmes, J., Guo, Y., Maheswaran, R., Nicholls, J., Meier, PS. and Brennan, A. (2014) 'The impact of spatial and temporal availability of alcohol on its consumption and related harms: A critical review in the context of UK licensing policies', Drug and Alcohol Review, 33 (5), pp.515-25.  (Open access)

Angus, C., Latimer, N., Preston, L., Li, J. and Purshouse, R. (2014) 'What are the implications for policy makers? A systematic review of the cost-effectiveness of screening and brief interventions for alcohol misuse in primary care', Frontiers in Psychiatry, 5 (114), pp.1-10. (Open access)

Struzzo, P., Angus, C., Scafato, E., Ghirini, S., Torbica, A., Ferre, F., Scafuri, F., Purshouse, R. and Brennan, A. (2014) 'Lo screening e l'intervento breve in medicina generale: un modello di analisi economica sui bevitori a rischio', Politiche sanitarie, 15 (2), pp.77-83.

Kruger, J., Brennan, A., Strong, M., Thomas, C., Norman, N. and Epton, T. (2014) 'The cost-effectiveness of a theory-based online health behaviour intervention for new university students: an economic evaluation', BMC Public Health, 14 (1011).  (Open access)

Epton, T., Norman, P., Dadzie, A-S., Harris, PR., Webb, TL., Sheeran, P., Julious, SA., Ciravegna, F., Brennan, A., Meier, PS., Naughton, D., Petroczi, A., Kruger, J., Shah, I. (2014) 'A theory-based intervention for new university students (U@Uni): results from a randomised controlled trial', BMC Public Health, 14 (563).  (Open access)

Ally, A., Meng, Y., Chakraborty, R., Dobson, PW., Seaton, JS., Holmes, J., Angus, C., Guo, Y., Hill-McManus, D., Brennan, A. and Meier, PS. (2014) 'Alcohol tax pass-through across the product and price range: do retailers treat cheap alcohol differently?', Addiction, 109 (12), pp.1994-2002. See accompanying commentary

Angus, C., Scafato, E., Ghirini, S., Torbica, A., Ferre, F., Struzzo, P., Purshouse, R. and Brennan, A. (2014) 'Cost-effectiveness of a programme of screening and brief interventions for alcohol in primary care in Italy', BMC Family Practice, 15, e26.  (Open access)

Holmes, J., Meng, Y., Meier, PS., Brennan, A., Angus, C., Campbell-Burton, A., Guo, Y., Hill-McManus, D., and Purshouse, RC. (2014) 'Effects of minimum unit pricing for alcohol on different income and socioeconomic groups: a modelling study', The Lancet, 383 (9929), 1655-64.  See accompanying commentary. (Open access)

Meng, Y., Brennan, A., Purshouse, R., Hill-McManus, D., Angus, C., Holmes, J. and Meier, PS. (2014) 'Estimation of own and cross price elasticities of alcohol demand in the UK: A pseudo-panel approach using the Living Costs and Food Survey 2001-2009', Journal of Health Economics, 34, pp.96-103.  (Open access)

Hill-McManus, D., Angus, C., Meng, Y., Holmes, J., Brennan, A. and Meier, P. (2014) 'Estimation of usual occasion-based individual drinking patterns using diary data', Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 13 (1), pp.136-43

Meng, Y., Holmes, J., Hill-McManus, D., Brennan, A. and Meier, PS. (2014) 'Trend analysis and modelling of gender-specific age, period and birth cohort effects on alcohol abstention and consumption level for drinkers in Great Britain using the General Lifestyle Survey 1984-2009' Addiction, 109 (2), pp.206-15. (Open access)

2013

Epton, T., Norman, P., Sheeran, P. et al. (2013) 'A theory-based online health behavior intervention for new university students: study protocol', BMC Public Health, 13 (107) pp.1-11.  (Open access)

Meier, PS., Meng, Y., Holmes, J., Baumberg, B., Purshouse, R., Hill-McManus, D. and Brennan, A. (2013) 'Adjusting for Unrecorded Consumption in Survey and Per Capita Sales Data: Quanification of Impact on Gender- and Age-specific Alcohol-attributable Fractions for Oral and Pharyngeal Cancers in Great Britain'. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 48 (2), pp.241-49.  (Open access)

2012

Purshouse, R., Brennan, A., Rafia, R., Latimer, N., Archer, R., Angus, C., Preston, L. and Meier, P.  (2012) 'Modelling the Cost-Effectiveness of Alcohol Screening and Brief Interventions in Primary Care in England'Alcohol and Alcoholism. 48 (2), pp. 180-8.  (Open access)

Holmes, J., Meier, P., Booth, A., Guo, Y. & Brennan, A.  (2012)  'The temporal relationship between per capita alcohol consumption and harm: A systematic review of time lag specifications in aggregate time series analyses.'  Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 123 (1–3), pp.7–14

Gell, L. and Meier, P. (2012) 'The nature and strength of the relationship between expenditure on alcohol and food: An analysis of adult-only households in the UK'. Drug and Alcohol Review, 31 (4), pp.422-30. (Open access here)

Casswell, S., Meier, P., MacKintosh, AM. et al. (2012) 'The International Alcohol Control (IAC) Study - Evaluating the Impact of Alcohol Policies'. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 36 (8), pp.1462-7

2011

Meier, P. (2011) 'Alcohol marketing research: The need for a new agenda'. Addiction, 106 (3), 466-71.  See accompanying commentaries. (Open access here). 

Johnson, M., Jackson, R., Guillaume., Meier, P. and Goyder, E. (2011) 'Barriers and facilitators to implementing screening and brief intervention for alcohol misuse: a systematic review of qualitative evidence', Journal of Public Health, 33 (3), pp. 412-21.  (Open access)

Schulte, SJ., Meier, PS. and Stirling, J. (2011) 'Dual diagnosis clients' treatment satisfaction - a systematic review'. BMC Psychiatry, 11 (64), pp. 1-12.  (Open access)

2010

Purshouse, R.C., Meier, P.S., Brennan, A., Taylor, K.B. & Rafia, R. (2010) ‘Estimated effect of alcohol pricing policies on health and health economic outcomes in England: an epidemiological model’, The Lancet, 375 (9723), pp.1355-64. See accompanying commentary.  (Open access)

Schulte, S., Meier, P., Stirling, J. and Berry, M. (2010) 'Dual diagnosis competency among addiction treatment staff: Training levels, training needs and the link to retention'. European Addiction Research. 16, pp.78-84

Meier, P.S. (2010)Polarized drinking patterns and alcohol deregulation, Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 27 (5), pp.383-408.  (Open access)

Wilkins, L., Bissell, P. and Meier, PS. (2010) 'Risky injecting practices associated with snowballing: A qualitative study', Drug and Alcohol Review, 29 (3), pp.256-62.  

Meier, P.S., Brennan, A., Purshouse, R. (2010) Policy Options for Alcohol Price Regulation: The Importance of Modelling Population Heterogeneity, Addiction, 105 (3) , pp.383-93. See accompanyingcommentaries.  (Open access here

Barrowclough, C., Meier, P., Beardmore, R. and Emsley, R. (2010) 'Predicting therapeutic alliance in clients with psychosis and substance misuse', Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases, 198 (5), pp.373-7

Schulte, S., Meier, P., Stirling, J. and Berry, M. (2010) 'Unrecognised dual diagnosis - a risk factor for dropout of treatment', Mental Health and Substance Use, 3 (2), pp.94-109


Alcohol policy modelling reports

UK-wide reports

Holmes J et al. (2016) '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 Officers' review of the UK lower risk drinking guidelines', ScHARR, University of Sheffield

Reports to the Scottish government

Angus C, Holmes J, Pryce R, Meier P, Brennan A. (2016) 'Model-based appraisal of the comparative impact of Minimum Unit Pricing and taxation policies in Scotland: An adaptation of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model version 3', ScHARR: University of Sheffield.

Meng, Y. et al. (2012) 'Model-based appraisal of alcohol minimum pricing and off-licensed trade discount bans in Scotland using the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model (v.2):  Second update based on newly available data' ScHARR, University of Sheffield

Meng, Y. et al. (2010) ‘Model-based appraisal of alcohol minimum pricing and off-licensed trade discount bans in Scotland using the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model (v.2): An update based on newly available data’ ScHARR, University of Sheffield

Purshouse, R. et al. (2009) ‘Model-based appraisal of alcohol minimum pricing and off-licensed trade discount bans in Scotland: A Scottish adaptation of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model version 2’, ScHARR, University of Sheffield

England reports

Meng, Y. et al. (2013) 'Modelled income group-specific impacts of alcohol minimum unit pricing in England 2014/15: Policy appraisals using new developments to the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model (v2.5)', Sheffield: ScHARR - See Addendum examining the impact of a ban on 'below cost selling'

Purshouse, R. et al. (2009) Modelling to assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of public health related strategies and intervention to reduce alcohol attributable harm in England using the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model version 2.0, Report to the NICE Public Health Programme Development Group.  See additional Appendices

Brennan, A. et al. (2009) ‘Modelling the Potential Impact of Pricing and Promotion Policies for Alcohol in England: Results from the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model Version 2008 (1-1)’, Independent review of the effect of Alcohol Pricing and Promotion: Part B

Reports for other jurisdictions

Angus, C., Meng, Y., Ally, A., Holmes, J. and Brennan, A. (2015) 'Model-based appraisal of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in the Republic of Ireland: An adaptation of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model version 3', Sheffield: ScHARR, University of Sheffield. 

Meng Y., Sadler, S., Gell, L., Holmes, J. and Brennan, A. (2014) 'Model-based appraisal of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Wales: An adaptation of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model version 3',  Sheffield: ScHARR, University of Sheffield.  See also a short summary report

Angus, C., Meng, Y., Ally, A., Holmes, J. and Brennan, A. (2014) 'Model-based appraisal of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Northern Ireland: An adaptation of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model version 3', Sheffield: ScHARR, University of Sheffield.

Hill-McManus, D., Brennan, A., Stockwell, T., Giesbrecht, N., Thomas, G., Zhao, J., Martin, G. and Wettlaufer, A. (2012) 'Model-based appraisal of alcohol minimum pricing in Ontario and British Columbia: A Canadian adaptation of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model Version 2'. Sheffield: ScHARR, University of Sheffield


Books

Gell L, Buehringer G, McLeod J, Forberger S, Holmes J, Lingford-Hughes A and Meier PS. (eds) (2016) 'What determines harm from addictive substances and behaviours?'. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Other reports, journal contributions and publications

Holmes J, Lovatt M, Ally A, Brennan A, Meier P. (2016) 'A new approach to measuring drinking cultures in Britain', London: Alcohol Research UK.

Fitzgerald, N. and Angus, A. (2015) 'Four Nations: How evidence-based are alcohol policies and programmes across the UK?', London: Alliance for Useful Evidence/Alcohol Health Alliance

Holmes, J. and Meier, P.S. (2015) 'Commentary on Hobday et al. (2015): Inconsistent results beneath consistent conclusions - the need for a new approach to analysing alcohol availability', Addiction, 110 (12), pp.1910-1.

Gillies, D., P. Buykx, A. G. Parker and S. E. Hetrick (2015). "Consultation liaison in primary care for people with mental disorders." Cochrane Database Syst Rev 9: Cd007193.

Gell, L., Ally, A., Buykx, P., Hope, A. and Meier, P. (2015) 'Alcohol's harm to others', London: Institute of Alcohol Studies.

Hill-McManus, D., Angus, C., Meng, Y., Holmes, J., Brennan, A. and Meier, P. (2014) 'Injury alcohol-attributable fractions: Methodological issues and developments', HEDS Discussion Paper DP 14.02, Sheffield: ScHARR, University of Sheffield.

Ludbrook, A., Holmes, J. and Stockwell, T. (2014) 'Gender differences in alcohol demand: A systematic review of the role of prices and taxes. Comment on conclusions by Nelson', Health EconomicsDOI: 10.1002/hec.3096.

Purshouse, RC., Ally, AK., Brennan, A., Moyo, D. and Norman, P. (2014) 'Evolutionary parameter estimation for a theory of planned behaviour microsimulation of alcohol consumption dynamics in an English birth cohort 2003 to 2010', Proceedings of the 2014 conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation, pp.1159-66

Holmes, J. et al. (2014) 'The repetition of misleading claims: Christopher Snowdon and John Duffy's contributions to the minimum unit pricing debate', British Medical Journal

Purshouse, R.C et al. (2014) 'Commentary on Nakamura et al. (2014): Alcohol policy appraisal and evaluation - to understand what is happening and why, we need better data on alcohol as a commodity', Addiction, 109 (4) pp.568-9

Purshouse, R.C et al. (2013) 'Reply to Klaus Makela's Cost-of-alcohol studies as a research programme', Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 30 (5) pp.445-7

Meng, Y. et al. (2013) 'Estimation of own and cross price elasticities of alcohol demand in the UK - a pseudo-panel approach using the Living Cost and Food Survey 2001 to 2009'. HEDS Discussion paper DP 13/11. Sheffield: ScHARR

Brennan, A. et al. (2013) 'A public response to the Adam Smith Institute's critique of the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model'. Sheffield: ScHARR.  See also: 'Response to the Appendix to Duffy and Snowdon's report'

Hagell, A., Aldridge, J., Meier, PS., Millar, T. and Donmall, M. (2012) 'Trends in adolescent substance use and their implications for understanding trends in mental health' in Hagell, A. (Ed.), Changing Adolescence: Social trends and adolescent mental health. Bristol: The Policy Press

Booth, A., Meier, P., Shapland. J., Wong. R. and Paisley, S. (2011) 'Alcohol pricing and criminal harm: a rapid evidence assessment of the published research literature'.  Sheffield: ScHARR

Booth, A. et al. (2008) ‘Independent review of the effects of Alcohol Pricing and Promotion: Part A: Systematic Reviews’, Project Report for the Department of Health

News articles and other media

April 2016, 'British drinking culture mixes moderation and excess, our new study shows', Dr John Holmes writes for The Conversation

March 2016, 'Using social practice theory to measure British drinking culture', Dr John Holmes at Alcohol Research UK's annual conference (VIDEO).

November 2015, 'Public health or politics: what drives alcohol policy across the UK?', blog post for the Aliiance for Useful Evidence. 

August 2015, 'Alcohol guidelines ignore how people drink - that's why they're not heeded', Melanie Lovatt writes for The Conversation UK.

June 2014, 'UK supermarkets minimise price rises for the cheapest alcohol when taxes are increased', blog post for Public Health Topics @ The University of Sheffield.

April 2014, 'Minimum unit pricing: Effective and Equitable?', Dr John Holmes at the New Directions in the Study of Alcohol Group conference (VIDEO).

March 2014, 'A new approach to measuring drinking cultures in Britain', Melanie Lovatt at Alcohol Research UK's early career researcher conference (VIDEO).

March 2014, 'Is your drinking a postcode lottery?', Colin Angus at Alcohol Research UK's early career researcher conference (VIDEO). 

March 2014, 'British public attitudes towards alcohol policies', Jessica Li at Alcohol Research UK's early career researcher conference (VIDEO). 

March 2014 'Alcohol duty cuts make the Coalition's cheap alcohol policy even less effective', blog post for Public Health Topics @ The University of Sheffield.

February 2014, 'Minimum pricing for alcohol: Reducing health inequalities without penalising responsible drinkers', blog post by Dr John Holmes for Public Health Topics @ The University of Sheffield.

January 2014, 'Computer Modelling: All about the image?', Dr Robin Purshouse at Battle of Ideas 2013 (VIDEO)

January 2014, 'Below Cost Alcohol Ban 40 Times Less Effective Than Minimum Pricing', Dr John Holmes writes for The Conversation UK

July 2013, SARG press release on the impacts of a ban on below cost selling

December 2012, 'The impact of minimum pricing: Evidence from the Sheffield Alcohol Policy Model', Dr John Holmes at Alcohol Action Ireland's annual conference

November 2012, 'Alcohol minimum pricing 'effective in reducing consumption'', Dr John Holmes speaks to BBC News