A revealing new study, a PhD opportunity and more about our upcoming Conference and Symposium
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New research shows drinkers much less likely to notice responsible drinking messages in pub environment

A new study by psychologists at London South Bank University (LSBU), funded by Alcohol Research UK, shows that drinkers are much less likely to notice responsible drinking messages on posters displayed in a busy pub environment than in a plain and simple room.

Results of the research trial show that responsible drinking messages displayed on posters positioned inside LSBU’s dedicated ‘Pub-Lab’ research facility received only 16 per cent of the number of glances directed at the same poster when placed in a comparatively sparsely furnished, plain environment. On average, volunteer participants aimed nearly eight times as many glances at their drinks than at responsible drinking posters.

The research project was conducted over an 18-month period from January 2015 to July 2016. Over 100 volunteers participated in the trial which involved the use of state of the art eye-tracking technology (micro cameras mounted on spectacles) to measure how participants directed their visual attention when presented with either a responsible drinking message or a control poster.
The study ‘Evaluating the interactive effects of responsible drinking messages and attentional bias on actual drinking behaviours’ is available from our website.

PhD Studentship opportunity:


The therapeutic effect of Brief Adaptive Coping Training (BACT) on relapse to alcohol provoked by negative emotional experience

Alcohol Research UK is co-funding a PhD Studentship with the University of Exeter’s College of Life and Environmental Sciences to develop a Brief Adaptive Coping Training procedure that can restructure the belief among certain vulnerable individuals that alcohol helps them cope with negative emotions, such as depression, anxiety, anger and frustration.

Recently, new forms of cognitive behaviour therapy have been developed specifically to target the belief that alcohol helps cope with negative emotions. These interventions have been found to significantly improve alcohol abstinence above standard CBT in vulnerable groups.

The therapeutic effectiveness of brief adaptive coping training will be tested in three alcohol dependent vulnerable groups: Prisoners, homeless individuals and treatment-seeking community clients.

Full details, including information on how to apply, are available from the following links:

The closing date for applications is: 12 March 2017
Upcoming Events

Alcohol Research UK Annual Conference 2017 

Working together: people, practice and policy in alcohol research

Wednesday, 5th April 2017 – Friends House, Central London

Our 2017 Annual Conference ‘Working together: people, practice and policy in alcohol research’ provides a unique opportunity for researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, service delivery organisations, and charities to come together to explore co-production, collaboration and public involvement in alcohol research and practice.

Don’t miss your opportunity to explore and help develop ideas on how alcohol research can better engage with the people and services it is targeting.

The conference will include a wide range of powerful and innovative projects which will focus on how sharing experience can help to bridge the gaps between research and practice.

Speakers include:
  • Professor Dame Til Wykes (Keynote), Professor of Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation at King’s College London, and founder of the Service User Research Enterprise (SURE).
  • Simon Denegri (Plenary talk), National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) National Director for Patients and the Public in Research.
Download the full programme here.
Register today and be part of the debate.
For more information visit our website.

Alcohol Research UK Postgraduate and Early Career Symposium 2017


Tuesday, 4th April 2017 – Friends House, Central London

Our Postgraduate and Early Career Symposium provides an ideal opportunity for early career researchers to share their findings, learn from colleagues, develop their professional network, and engage with leading professionals in the field.

Join us to explore new ideas and new thinking across a wide range of alcohol-related research.

Tickets are free. Register today.

For more information visit our website.

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