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Alcohol evidence in policy and practice 2023

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SPECTRUM and the University of Stirling are offering this comprehensive workshop on alcohol evidence, public health policy, and practice. Taught by a range of world-leading academics and practitioners.

Registration has now closed.

Who should attend?

This workshop is aimed at policymakers, charities, practitioners and researchers.

Previous participants include those working in public health, local and national alcohol policy, or those new to alcohol research or practice.

Great agenda, excellent well-informed presenters and opportunities for networking.

It has been a great three days with a vast amount of really useful material and discussion I feel energised to put into practice!

Perfect overview for someone new to the field, such as myself, and more experienced delegates.

Applicants are required to read SPECTRUM’s policy on Management of Interests and External Interactions and to declare any circumstances that may not be in keeping with this policy. If in doubt, please ask. As outlined in the policy, applicants with direct links to unhealthy commodity industries will not be permitted to attend. SPECTRUM reserves the right to decline any application.


The workshop fee is £550. The cost covers lunches, refreshments and a networking dinner on the first evening. Accommodation is not included but can be booked for you on request, subject to availability.


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Sadie Boniface, Institute of Alcohol Studies
  • Professor Mark Petticrew, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and SPECTRUM
  • Professor Niamh Shortt, University of Edinburgh and SPECTRUM
  • Robyn Burton, Department of Health and Social Care
  • Colin Angus, University of Sheffield and SPECTRUM
  • Tom Bennett, Scottish Recovery Consortium
  • Dr Lauren Carters-White, University of Edinburgh and SPECTRUM
  • Professor Niamh Fitzgerald, University of Stirling and SPECTRUM
  • Laura Mahon, Alcohol Focus Scotland
  • Dr James Morris, London South Bank University
  • Dr Nathan Critchlow, University of Stirling
  • Professor John Holmes, University of Sheffield
  • Dr Rachel O'Donnell, University of Stirling
  • Dr Megan Cook, University of Stirling
  • Dr Gemma Mitchell, University of Stirling

Programme highlights

  • Alcohol, health and policies to reduce harms
  • Alcohol and inequalities
  • No and low alcohol products
  • Alcohol availability
  • Alcohol pricing policy options and effectiveness
  • Alcohol marketing impact on children
  • Alcohol licensing
  • Alcohol industry strategies and tactics
  • Making the case for effective alcohol policy - advocacy skills development


Please email Megan Cook ( with any enquiries.