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Alcohol Research

Sheffield Alcohol Research Group - Publications

Journal articles

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

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, DOI:

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, DOI:

Brennan, A., Meier, P., Purshouse, R., Rafia, R., Meng, Y., and Hill-McManus, D. (2013) 'Developing policy analytics for public health strategy and decisions - the Sheffield alcohol policy model framework', Annals of Operational Research, DOI: 10.1007/s10479-013-1451-z

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meier, P. (2011) 'Advertising research - Calls for an even more ambitious agenda?'. Addiction, 106 (3), 477-9

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Reports to the Scottish government

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

Other reports, journal contributions and publications

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

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