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Prohibition and Law

Robin Davidson on Evidenced based alcohol policy: not as simple as it sounds
Robin Davidson (Consultant Clinical Pyschologist) presents at the 2015 New Directions Conference in London on Evidenced based alcohol policy: not as simple as it sounds. 
Professor Colin Drummond: Addiction treatment: Meeting the challenges of a new commissioning environment
Professor Colin Drummond presenting at the 2015 New Directions conference on Addiction Treatment and meeting the challenges of a new commissioning environment. 
James Nicholls on the gin trade liberalisation and debates on the role of the state
James discusses changes to the availability of gin and the increase in city populations with disposable income. He goes on to describe the debate between market freedom and state regulation.
James Nicholls on alcohol in the 18th Century and emerging ideas on the relationship between body and mind
James looks at Cartesian and medical ideas at the time and how they shaped responses to alochol
James Nicholls on the 1830 Beer Act and the rise of teetotalism
 James describes changes to trading, Beer Houses and Gin Palaces, and the emergence of small temperance organisations
James Nicholls on temperance, prohibitionism and ideas of social progress
James discusses the limitations the early temperance movements had on overall consumption. This led to the argument that there was a role for the state in creating change.
James Nicholls on post-reformation alehouses and the policing of public space
 James explains the complex sets of concerns related to the growth of alehouses and asks 'what is the point of drinking'
James Nicholls on liberalism and the politics of drink in the late nineteenth century
James talks about notions of social progress and conditions created by the state
Inge Kersbergen, University of Liverpool: Visual attention to health information on alcoholic drinks containers
Inge talks about the effects of alcohol warning labels on the level of alcohol consumption. She discusses how much attention is paid to warning labels on alcoholic drink containers and how attention to a brand and health  information on alcoholic drinks containers is related to drinking behavior.
Phil Mellows: The dialectic of drink: Alcohol and the neoliberal state
How do we understand the often contradictory and incoherent twists and turns of government alcohol policy? Drink presents the state with a dilemma. Its role is to encourage industry, but the products of the drinks industry are problematic, seeming to threaten the health and order of the economy as a whole. The state negotiates a constantly shifting path through this conundrum. The neoliberal world that has developed over the past 40 years has brought with it a particular kind of state, and with it has emerged a peculiar kind of alcohol strategy, drawn from the orthodoxies of ‘new’ public health, but strangely in conflict with it. Phil discusses the paper, which explores those conflicts in the light of recent alcohol policy in the UK.
Alan Latham: The common sense spatialities of liquor licensing: Regulating alcohol in New Zealand and the 1989 Sale of Liquor Act
In August 1989 the New Zealand Parliament passed into law the Sale of Liquor Act (1989). Far reaching in its intent, the Act’s supporters claimed that it would modernise New Zealand’s approach to alcohol, and the licensing of its sale. Released from the accumulation of over a century of often eccentric and frankly bizarre regulation, New Zealanders were to be returned to the normal society of drinkers. Those opposed to the Act saw things differently. New Zealand was caught up in a dangerous and ill thought-out experiment. New Zealand was not like the rest of the world. To let New Zealanders loose in a society where alcohol was widely available was to invite moral and medical perdition. The paper Alan discusses,  examines  the complex of spatio-temporalities that played into the making of the 1989 Sale of Liquor Act, and the regime of licensing that it established. Tracing out the debates around the Act, and its subsequent implementation, one encounters populations of French drinkers caught in the slow but inevitable grip of liver cirrhosis, a substance ethanol which put together with a whole range of other materials like food or chairs and humans, may or may not combine to make a temporarily erratic, irrational, and thus dangerous entities, American drivers aggregated in tables of ‘drunk driver’ related deaths, supermarket liquor aisles tempting suburban house wives into spontaneous purchases, to name just a few examples. The presentation outlines the common sense spatializations that organised the debate around reforming liquor licensing in New Zealand, and how these common sense spatializations create quite fantastical landscapes.
Jim McCambridge on 'Use of evidence to influence alcohol policy': Case studies, the Alcohol Industry and Minimum Unit Pricing
Jim McCambridge leads two presenatations. In the first one he discusses a paper, which was published in 2013: 'Industry use of evidence to influence alcohol policy: A case study of submissions to the 2008 Scottish Government Consultation'. Jim examines how research evidence is used in alcohol industry submissions made to a Scottish Government consultation in 2008 to advocate policies in line with their commercial interests. Moreover, he argues that industry actors consistently oppose the approaches found in research to be most likely to be effective at a population level without actually engaging with the research literature in any depth.

In the second talk he discusses another paper 'Alcohol Industry influence on Public Policy: A case study of minimum pricing', where he focuses on corporate political activity. Whilst much of the literature on alcohol policy exhibits a clear assumption that industry actors are extremely powerful, there is relatively little about the processes through which alcohol policy is made and the specific role played by industry actors in these processes. This project aimed to fill this gap by examining the debates around pricing and promotions policy in England and Scotland.

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Lifeline Project and FEAD
Welcome to Lifeline and FEAD (Film Exchange on Alcohol and Drugs). This project has been shaped by the wealth of experience, openness, and knowledge of the contributors. You are invited to comment on the clips, which are supported by footnotes to which you can add. FEAD is an ongoing Lifeline Project initiative.

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Lifeline Project: In 1971 the Lifeline Project opened a day centre for drug users in Manchester. Since its foundation Lifeline has grown and developed, and now works in a diverse range of settings across the UK. Our purpose is to relieve poverty, sickness and distress among those persons affected by addiction to drugs of any kind, and to educate the public on matters relating to drug misuse.
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