Public support for minimum pricing in England

Public support for minimum pricing of alcohol in England is greater than previously thought.

Analysis by the Institute of Alcohol Studies of submissions to the Home Office consultation on minimum pricing shows that the Home Office failed to distinguish between those responses that were against the principle of minimum pricing at any level, and those who actually wanted a price higher than the 45p proposed by the government.

Link: http://www.ias.org.uk/News/2013/11-December-2013-IAS-report-shows-greater-support-for-minimum-pricing-amongst-responses-to-government-consultation.aspx

Alcohol consumption and deaths higher in Scotland than northern England

A recent report has shown that deaths by alcohol consumption are higher in Scotland than northern England.

Twenty Scots are still dying every week because of alcohol, despite a recent downward trend. The latest MESAS report shows higher deaths in central Scotland are consistent with more alcohol being sold. The most apparent difference between the regions was the substantially higher level of spirits sold in supermarkets and off-licences in Scotland

Link: http://www.healthscotland.com/documents/22520.aspx

Researcher opportunity at Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs

The Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD) at Stockholm University is seeking to appoint an researcher within the framework of the Centre of Excellence programme “Exclusion and Inclusion in the Late Welfare State: the Case of Alcohol and Drugs”.

This programme aims to explore from a social scientific perspective ongoing changes in the field of alcohol and drugs in contemporary Sweden.

Qualification requirements are a PhD in a subject relevant for the programme, sound knowledge of social scientific theory formulation and solid methodological competence which is relevant for the research tasks at hand. Previous experience of social scientific alcohol and/or drugs research is required. A documented ability to generate new research resources is considered a merit.

The employment is a full-time post for a fixed term of one year with a possibility of a one-year extension. The closing date will be the 14th March.

For more information see: Researcher at the Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs, SoRAD