Alcohol harms and labelling: right to know vs. don’t want to know
9 April 2018
TARG hosted a public engagement evening at Watershed to share findings from our research exploring the provision of health information on alcohol labels
On 26th March, TARG hosted a public engagement evening at Watershed to share findings from our research exploring the provision of health information on alcohol labels (funded by the Medical Research Council and Alcohol Research UK). Approximately 100 people joined the event, which included a presentation of the research findings and recommendations, and a debate led by a panel of experts working in the alcohol field: Professor Sir Ian Gilmore (Alcohol Health Alliance), Dr Tim Williams (Avon and Wiltshire mental health partnership NHS trust), Dr Robyn Burton (King’s College London), Ms Leonie Roberts (Bristol City Council), and Professor Marcus Munafò (TARG). The panel discussed a wide range of issues with the audience including: the reasons behind the 2016 change to the low-risk drinking guidelines; evidence for any health benefits of moderate drinking; evidence for other strategies to reduce alcohol related harms; and reductions in youth drinking. The event also included 10 stalls showcasing current alcohol research and policy, as well as a pop-up bar from Club Soda where people could taste alcohol-free alternatives.