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Scottish Alcohol Research Network

Bringing together those with the vision, passion, and commitment to drive forward alcohol research in Scotland.

The Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) is a network of researchers, practitioners, third sector partners, policymakers, and those interested in alcohol research.

The aim of SARN is to promote a strong collaborative research forum for those with an interest in responding to alcohol-related harm in Scotland, enabling us to co-ordinate and foster meaningful collaborations locally, nationally and internationally. 

Along with regular network meetings, SARN hosts a number of events throughout the year, including an annual early-career researcher event.  In partnership with Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP), who support the network, we co-host an annual four-part ‘Alcohol Occasionals’ online seminar series. 

If you have an interest in the field of alcohol-related harm please join us.

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Latest Alcohol Publications

Added in Mar 2024

Atkinson, A. M., Meadows, B. R., Hobin, E., Vanderlee, L. M., & Sumnall, H. (2024). Qualitative analysis of UK women’s attitudes to calorie-based alcohol marketing and alcohol calorie labelling. Health Promotion International39(1), daae006.

Added in Mar 2024

Garnett, C., Oldham, M., Angus, C., Beard, E., Burton, R., Field, M., … & Brown, J. (2021). Evaluating the effectiveness of the smartphone app, Drink Less, compared with the NHS alcohol advice webpage, for the reduction of alcohol consumption among hazardous and harmful adult drinkers in the UK at 6‐month follow‐up: protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Addiction116(2), 412-425.

Added in Mar 2024

Fitzgerald, N., Egan, M., O’Donnell, R., Nicholls, J., Mahon, L., de Vocht, F., … & Bauld, L. (2024). Public health engagement in alcohol licensing in England and Scotland: the ExILEnS mixed-method, natural experiment evaluation. Public Health Research.

Added in Mar 2024

Masterton, W., Carver, H., Booth, H., McCulloch, P., Ball, L., Mitchell, L., … & Parkes, T. (2024). A qualitative exploration of the relevance of training provision in planning for implementation of managed alcohol programs within a third sector setting. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 1-10.

Added in Feb 2024

Garnett, C., Oldham, M., Brose, L., Cheeseman, H., & Cox, S. (2024). Prevalence and characteristics of co-occurrence of smoking and increasing-and-higher-risk drinking: A population survey in England. Addictive Behaviors150, 107928.

Added in Feb 2024

Cheng BLim CCWRutherford BNHuang SAshley DPJohnson B, et al. A systematic review and meta-analysis of the relationship between youth drinking, self-posting of alcohol use and other social media engagement (2012–21)Addiction2024119(1): 2846https://doi.org/10.1111/add.16304

Upcoming Events

SARN and its partners host a number of conferences and seminars throughout the year, including quarterly Network meetings.

Through these events we aim to co-ordinate and foster meaningful collaborations locally, nationally and internationally.

Latest News

Posted on 27th Mar 2024
“You’re not working class anymore” – Following the yellow brick road of first year Beth Meadows, PhD Researcher For many years Dorothy dreamed of somewhere over the rainbow. It was a world she couldn’t relate to from her humble Kansas farm. But, when presented with the opportunity to access this new world in all its mystical glory, there were some...
Posted on 1st Feb 2024
SHAAP/SARN Alcohol Occasionals 2024   Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) are pleased to invite you to the 2024 series of the Alcohol Occasionals around the theme: Transforming Scotland’s Relationship with Alcohol.   The webinar series will be hosted online using Zoom, and registrants will receive a link to join. Registration will...
Posted on 6th Nov 2023
Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and the Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) invite researchers to submit their research proposals for the 2024 SHAAP/SARN Alcohol Occasionals series.   Last year’s Alcohol Occasionals series was based on the theme of ‘Alcohol in a changing world’ and attracted 532 registrations across the 4 seminars. On Twitter, our live threads were seen a total...
Posted on 7th Jul 2023
The event recording from the third Alcohol Occasional of 2023 is now available.   This event was held online on Tuesday 20 June.   Dr Amanda Atkinson presented findings of a mixed methods ESRC study that explored how women are targeted and represented by alcohol brands, how this has changed over time, and how such marketing is experienced, viewed and interpreted...
Posted on 7th Jul 2023
The event recording is now available for the 2nd seminar of the 2023 Alcohol Occasionals series.   This event was held online on Wednesday 24 May.   Dr David Whiteley presented findings from a recent scoping review of literature on alcohol marketing to LGBTQ+ people. Growing evidence demonstrates higher rates of alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harms among LGBTQ+ people compared...
Posted on 7th Jul 2023
The event recording is now available for our first Alcohol Occasional of 2023.   Dr Elena Dimova presented findings from a recent qualitative study, which explored key experts’ views in relation to policy priorities and considerations for alcohol availability. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 experts from third sector organisations, government, public health and alcohol licensing. Experts were asked about their...