Current Studies

Here you will find some of the current studies that SARN members are undertaking within the field of alcohol-related research.


Evaluating Later or Expanded Premises Hours for Alcohol in the Night-Time economy (ELEPHANT).
Funded by the National Institute of Health Research

University of Stirling, Glasgow Caledonian University (and others)

Niamh Fitzgerald, Carol Emslie and colleagues (Mohan, A., Lewsey, J., McIntosh, E., Angus, C., Fitzpatrick, D., Smith, E.)


Exploring the management of alcohol problems in Deep End practices in Scotland  (Deep End Study).
Funded by SHAAP

University of Stirling

Niamh Fitzgerald and colleagues (Mohan, A., Sharp C.)


Examining policy options to manage the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on licensed premises and ambulance-call outs in Scotland (Lockdown & Licensed Premises study).
Funded by Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office

University of Stirling

Niamh Fitzgerald and colleagues (Lewsey J., Stead M.)


Interdisciplinary Research into political interest, civil society support and available data to strengthen Alcohol Policy Systems in Brazil and Peru (IRAPS).
Funded by MRC/Wellcome/UK Aid

University of Stirling (and others)

Niamh Fitzgerald and colleagues (Uny I., Sanchez Z., Piazza M., Angus C., Petticrew M.)


SPECTRUM Consortium: Shaping Public hEalth poliCies To Reduce ineqUalities and harM.
Funded by UK Prevention Research Partnership

University of Edinburgh, University of Stirling (and others)

Niamh Fitzgerald and colleagues (Bauld, L, Munafo, M, Brown, J Collin, J, Gilmore, A, Langley, T, McNeill, A, Pearce J, Petticrew, M, Moore, G, Reid, G, Dockrell, M, O’Connor, R, Bishop, J, Friel, S.)


The Impact of Minimum Pricing of Alcohol on Ambulance Call-outs in Scotland (IMPAACT).
Funded by Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office

University of Stirling (and others)

Niamh Fitzgerald and colleagues (Lewsey J., Fitzpatrick, D., Mackay D., Angus, C.)


An exploration of the characteristics, perceptions and experiences of drink drivers in England and Scotland.
Funded by UK Department of Transport

University of Stirling

Niamh Fitzgerald and colleagues (Mohan, A., Uny, I.)


ExILEnS: Exploring the impact of alcohol premises licensing in England and Scotland.
Funded by National Institute of Health Research (UK), Public Health Research programme

University of Stirling (and others)

Niamh Fitzgerald and colleagues (De Vocht, F., Angus, C., Bauld, L., Egan, M., Shortt, N., Nicholls, J., Nichols, T.)


Managed alcohol programmes: Implementation of a novel intervention to help prevent infection (Covid-19) for people experiencing alcohol dependency/homelessness.
Funded by the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) Rapid Response Programme

University of Stirling

Tessa Parkes, Hannah Carver and colleagues

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How might a study on Managed Alcohol Programmes be developed that is both feasible and acceptable in the UK?
Funded by a CSO Catalytic Grant award

University of Stirling

Tessa ParkesHannah Carver and colleagues.


How might the ‘Youth in Iceland Model’ for preventing substance use among young people be developed and adapted for use in Dundee, Scotland?
Funded by the Society for the Study of Addiction

University of Stirling

Tessa ParkesHannah Carver and colleague.


Testing the feasibility and acceptability of a peer-delivered, relational intervention for people with problem substance use who are homeless to improve health outcomes, quality of life and social functioning, and reduce harms.
Funded by the National Institutes for Health Research (NIHR) / Health Technology Assessment Programme

University of Stirling

Tessa ParkesHannah Carver and colleagues.


Assessing the Impact of Minimum Unit Pricing on Homeless and Street Drinkers: A qualitative study
Funded by the Chief Scientists Office

Glasgow Caledonian University, Queen Margaret University, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, University of Stirling, Herriot Watt University, Glasgow Homeless Network, University of Victoria (Canada)

Numerous collaborators including Lawrie Elliott and Carol Emslie


Drink Wise Age Well: Quasi-Experimental study of a public health intervention for alcohol use among those who are 50 years and over.
Funded by the Big Lottery Fund

Glasgow Caledonian University, Edinburgh Napier University (and others)

Lawrie Elliott and colleagues


PhD working title: Epidemiological study of the association between alcohol consumption and liver disease among persons with chronic hepatitis C virus infection in the UK. 

Glasgow Caledonian University

Anastasia Sandri


PhD Project: An exploration of the influence of alcohol on memory for traumatic events. 

Glasgow Caledonian University

Benjamin Butterworth


Staying  better than well:  an explanation of the  experience and active ingredients  of sustaining recovery within a supportive  environment
Funded by The University of Edinburgh and Alcohol Research UK 

Sarah Rhynas, Fiona Cuthill, Aisha Holloway, Lisa Scholin 


The Impact of Minimum Unit Pricing in Scotland on Harmful Drinkers

Rachel Petrie 


Effects of Scottish Government changes in alcohol policy on consumption and purchasing of alcohol beverages by patients with alcohol-related health harms.
Funded by Chief Scientist Office, Scotland; Alcohol Research UK; Edinburgh and Lothian’s Health Foundation; and NHS Lothian CSO

Queen Margaret University

Jan Gill


A prospective study designed to evaluate a course, delivered by NHS professionals, to increase knowledge and skills in relation to Alcohol Brief Interventions amongst final year Nursing and Occupational Therapy students.
Funded by NHS Lothian

Queen Margaret University

 Jan Gill