Welcome to the IAS

Who we are

IAS is a registered charity (number 1112671) aiming to educate, preserve and protect the good health of the public by: 

  • Promoting the scientific understanding of beverage alcohol and the individual, societal and health consequences of its consumption
  • Promoting measures for the prevention of alcohol-related problems and to promote, for the public benefit, research into beverage alcohol and to publish the useful results.
  • IAS does not have a view on whether individuals should drink or not drink.

How we are funded

To make sure that we represent the science accurately, we have a board of seven expert advisers from a variety of fields (including economics, medicine and policy) who review all of our publications, provide us with guidance, and occasionally collaborate on joint research projects.

A separate board of trustees oversees the running of the organisation. This is Chaired by Mr Michael Carr.

The core funding for IAS comes from a separate educational charity called the Alliance House Foundation (no. 208554), of which IAS is a subsidiary company.  All of IAS’ legal aims are also the aims of the AHF, although the AHF also has some additional aims that they fulfil through activities outside IAS.

We also receive funding from other sources for particular projects, including the European Commission and Alcohol Research UK.

The AHF itself was originally formed during the temperance movement, which was one of the largest mass movements ever seen in this country, and was linked to a number of other progressive movements (including the founding of the Labour party).  However, times have changed, and the AHF has moved on from some of its original viewpoints.  IAS was set up to continue those parts of the work that are still relevant today – promoting scientific understanding, and promoting effective prevention of alcohol-related harm – and it is these two areas that are the shared legal aims of both IAS and the AHF.

IAS activities

Our main work is based around helping to bridge the gap between the scientific evidence on alcohol and the wider public.  We want to make all of this evidence accessible to anyone with an interest in alcohol - politicians, reporters, health professionals, students, youth workers and others - and to advocate for effective responses that will reduce the toll of alcohol in society.

This takes place through four major parts of our work:     

  • We write occasional major reports and research papers     
  • We exchange information and advocate for evidence-based alcohol policy as active members of alliances and forums for public interest groups
  • We produce up-to-date information and factsheets on key aspects of alcohol policy in the UK that are freely available on our website, and quarterly magazines called Alcohol Alert and the Globe
  • We answer queries from the media and general public and make media appearances when requested.

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