Introducing a new International Workshop: The Ubiquity of Alcohol – 20/09/2017

We are delighted to announce the launch of a brand new international workshop focusing on the ubiquity of alcohol.

Addressing Marketing, Availability and Industry Influence:

Alcohol is no ordinary commodity but its presence and marketing seem ubiquitous. In this workshop, we will explore how policymakers, public health experts and researchers are responding to industry efforts to expand the presence and normality of alcohol in our lives. With inputs from leading international researchers and advocates we will explore alcohol marketing and availability in a digital age; industry manoeuvres, and potential countermeasures.

This years workshop will feature sessions from a variety of speakers including a session on Alcohol Marketing and the loi Évin, which is a French alcohol and tobacco policy that was passed in 1991. In this session Nathan Critchlow from the University of Stirling and Prof Karine Gallopel-Morvan from the EHESP School of Public Health, France will look at consumer marketing of alcohol brands in a digital age, controlling alcohol advertising and lessons learnt from the loi Évin.

We also have inputs from a variety of speakers from a number of organisations that focus on alcohol harm, including Jon Foster from the Institute of Alcohol Studies and Alison Douglas & Laura Mahon from Alcohol Focus Scotland.

We are also pleased to announce that Prof. Mike Daube from Curtin University, Australia will be joining us to discuss advocacy on alcohol advertising and the influence of the alcohol industry. To discuss the alcohol industry in more detail we also welcome Prof. Jeff Collin from the University of Edinburgh. Jeff is a regular speaker at the Alcohol Policy in Practice CPD and provides a deep insight into the alcohol industry actions.

The Ubiquity of Alcohol

Location: University of Stirling

Date: Wednesday 20th September

Cost: Standalone workshop cost: £150.00


This workshop is included in our 4 day Alcohol Policy in Practice CPD course we run every September, to find out more information about this course and it’s content please click here.



Alcohol, Problems, Policy and Practice Course returns to King’s College London in February 2017

After a successful launch of the module in February 2016 we are delighted to announce the Alcohol, Problems, Policy and Practice module will return in 2017 to King’s College London. In 2017 we have confirmed a large number of top class speakers to discuss important areas of this public health issue. With topics ranging from alcohol and pregnancy, alcohol marketing and brief interventions, we can guarantee this course is invaluable to anyone working in this area.



• Enhance students’ understanding of research methods by focusing on current research in alcohol policy and interventions.
• Enable critical appraisal of evidence in alcohol policy interventions.
• Explore the role and perspectives of key stakeholders including the alcohol industry and the role of media and marketing in alcohol use.


This module is coordinated by the Addictions Department at King’s College London jointly with the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS) and has been facilitated by Prof. Ann Mcneill, Dr. Niamh Fitzgerald and Dr. Sadie Boniface.


Leading academics from King’s College London and across the 13 universities in the UKCTAS will present and discuss the latest evidence. Speakers will also include Dr. Matt Egan (LSHTM), Dr. Zarnie Khadjesari (KCL), Prof. Gerard Hastings (Stirling), Prof. Ann McNeill (KCL), Dr. Niamh Fitzgerald (Stirling), Dr. Ben Hawkins (LSHTM) and many others. Many of the inputs have broader public health relevance beyond alcohol, to other health issues such as tobacco, obesity and inequalities. An updated programme will be available later in 2016.


The module will be delivered via blended learning with online materials available from January 2017, followed by a week of classroom sessions the week commencing 6th February 2017.


In 2017 we will be opening the course to UKCTAS affiliated organisations and those working in public health, community safety or a related field. If you are unsure about its suitability for your needs or for information about fees, please contact Dr. Sadie Boniface (


Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Student numbers are capped at 40 to ensure an effective learning experience and teacher-student ratio.
Early bird discounts apply until 17th November 2016.
Applications will not be taken after 6th January 2017.

More information is available on our website!


Alcohol Policy in Practice / 5th – 8th September 2016

Following on from the successful Alcohol CPD course’s which were held at the University of Stirling in 2014 and the University of Sheffield in 2015. This module is aimed at professionals working in a range of organisations who are interested in alcohol policy and practice.

This years course is being held at the University of Stirling and is taught by several leading academics and practitioners from various UKCTAS institutions and includes a balance of lectures, discussion groups and debates.

Featuring lectures from leading professors including; Professor Gerard Hastings, Prof Petra Meier, Prof Jeff Collin and Dr John Holmes to name a few.

To register please visit our website or click here for an application form.
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Nicotine and Tobacco: Current Issues Policy and Practice

The UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies is delighted to be offering a CPD course on nicotine and tobacco for a second time.

Successfully delivered for the first time in 2015, stirling-pic1the course is aimed at professionals working in a range of organisations who are interested in public health and policy. The module is taught by leading academics and practitioners.

In addition to the topics covered on our previous tobacco control CPD, we will also be examining in detail the current evidence on tobacco harm reduction, electronic cigarettes and other nicotine-containing devices.



Prof Robert West –    Latest trends in cigarette smoking and electronic cigarette use – University College London
Prof Linda Bauld – Policies on nicotine and tobacco: an overview – University of Stirling
Prof John Britton – Health effects of tobacco and nicotine – University of Nottingham
Prof Marcus Munafo – Nicotine dependence – University of Bristol
Martin Dockrell – Implementing tobacco control & tobacco harm reduction – Public Health England
Prof Jeff Collin – The tobacco industry – University of Edinburgh
Prof Amanda Amos – Young people, smoking and e-cigarette use – University of Edinburgh
Martine Stead – Social marketing – University of Stirling, Open University
Prof Ann McNeill -Smoking and Mental Health – Kings College London
Paul Thorne & Henry Scowcroft Working with the media and public health – Press Office CancerResearchUK

University of Stirling, Scotland UK


Open to all professionals with an interest in public health, health promotion and policy.

• This module is available to take with credits(on successful completion of a post course assignment) or as a stand-alone course for professional development

• Limited to thirty five places.

• Available on both a residential and non-residential basis.

• Module costs: £550 unaccredited or £699 with accreditation.

+ If you book before 29th February 2016, the early-bird cost is: £450 or £599 with accreditation.

For more information and to apply click here!

Places are running out for the UKCTAS Alcohol CPD in September 2015!

sheffield postFollowing on from the extremely successful Alcohol CPD course which was held at the University of Stirling in 2014. This module is aimed at professionals working in a range of organisations who are interested in alcohol policy and practice.

This years course is being held at the University of Sheffield and is taught by several leading academics and practitioners from various UKCTAS institutions and includes a balance of lectures, discussion groups and debates.

It’s a great opportunity to get to know the UK’s Alcohol Research community. Dr John Holmes

Book now to ensure you don’t miss this fantastic opportunity!

For more information: UKCTAS – Alcohol CPD September 2015.