Public Engagement


Alcohol Discussion Group

Who is setting up the group?

Researchers at the University of Stirling who are part of a UK wide research centre called the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies.

What is the group for?

We would like your views on alcohol policy and research ideas, as well as current research projects and alcohol policies in Scotland and the UK. We hope to learn from your perspective so that our research can take into account the needs and views of the general public.

Who can attend?

Occasional or regular drinkers, aged 18 years or over, living within 10 miles of Stirling, willing to attend 2 meetings a year.

How will members be rewarded?

Group members receive £25 in shopping vouchers for each meeting they attend plus we will refund any travel costs of attending.

How do I sign up?

If this sounds like something you would like to be involved in, please fill out the short form below, so that we can ensure a variety of people will attend. We can accommodate up to 30 in total so applying does not guarantee a place. If you have already applied, you do not need to re-apply, we will contact you directly about the meeting.

About the Meetings:

Each meeting will have a theme, feature an input from a leading researcher, and allow plenty of time for discussion. At the next meeting on the 18th August 2016 we will be discussing: "The UK’s new drinking guidelines: Evidence, argument and evaluation"  with Dr John Holmes. 

John is a Senior Research Fellow at the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group in Sheffield University, which is one of the partner universities in the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies and who is leading an evaluation of the new drinking guidelines.  At the meeting John will cover the process for setting and evaluating the guidelines, with discussion to follow.

What the group is NOT about?

The group is not about you personally or what you drink, and you will not need to disclose any such details to other group members.

The group is not a self-help or support group for people with alcohol problems and if you wish to get help with an alcohol problem, we would recommend that you access local services by calling 0845 673 1774 or visiting:

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Following receipt of your application, we may get in touch you to confirm that you are still interested and available. Further details regarding the meeting will be sent to you by email/post.

What will the University do with the information I give on the form?
This information is treated as confidential and will be stored on a secure computer database. The University of Stirling will collect, store and use the data you have supplied only for the alcohol discussion group. By giving this information you consent to all such personal information being made available to researchers and support staff at the University of Stirling and individuals developing and delivering the Alcohol Discussion Group and its meetings on behalf of the university. Except where disclosure is required by law, we are legally required to keep your details confidential and secure for the duration of your time on the discussion group and all identifying details you have supplied will be destroyed when the group is no longer meeting or if you are no longer part of the group.