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The Council was established by the Government in 1982 by an Act of Parliament (The Licensing (Alcohol Education and Research Act 1981) to administer the Alcohol Education and Research Fund. This Fund finances projects within the United Kingdom for education and research and for novel forms of help to those with drinking problems.
The Council seeks to:
- Increase awareness of alcohol issues; and
- Facilitate a reduction in alcohol-related harm in society.
Its aim is to make a positive difference to the ways in which society understands and uses alcohol. One of the ways it does this is by encouraging best practice
Information about the establishment of the fund and about the way the Council operates is contained in Origins of the AERC
Alcohol Education and Research Council
Room 408, Horseferry House
Dean Ryle Street
Professor Ray Hodgson
Tel: 029 20419931
Committees and Grants Manager
Mrs. Andrea Tilouche
Tel: 020 7217 8028
Fax: 020 7217 8847
The Council's office is normally manned on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
AIM – Alcohol in Moderation was founded in 1991 as an independent organisation whose role is to communicate the sensible drinking message and to act as a conduit for information from the industry, associations and researchers on relevant research, legislation, policy and campaigns.
AIM's mission is:
- To promote the sensible and responsible consumption of alcohol,
- To encourage informed debate on alcohol issues,
- To communicate and publicise relevant medical and scientific research in a clear and concise format via AIM Digest and the Internet;
- To distribute AIM Digest without charge to the media, legislators and researchers involved in alcohol affairs;
- To direct enquiries from the media and others towards full and accurate sources of information.
AIM is published electronically as a quarterly international digest supported by a distinguished and highly qualified Social, Scientific and Medical Council. AIM is funded globally by subscription, sponsorship and advertising.
Copies of AIM are distributed without charge to bona fide journalists, media and legislators throughout the world. AIM's media and press influence plays an important role in keeping the public informed on alcohol issues.
This site provides information on the work of Alcohol Concern, the national charity on alcohol misuse. It offers detailed advice on sensible drinking and how to recognise problem drinking; describes the physical and psychological effects of alcohol; suggests what to do if you are worried about your own or someone else's drinking; and offers tips on cutting down. The site provides access to Alcohol Concern's fact sheets and to its bookshop which carries more than 120 titles and includes sections on alcohol education and young people. It also provides comprehensive signposting to local and national alcohol services.
Alcohol Focus Scotland
Alcohol Focus Scotland is a national resource for the Scottish voluntary sector, providing training and information on alcohol issues. The site provides information on Alcohol and Women and The Law and Young People; explores the myths about alcohol; explains the sensible drinking message and lists local Councils on Alcohol throughout Scotland.
Drink and Drug News
DrinkandDrugs.net is a web portal, provided by the Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professionals, for people working in the drugs and alcohol field.
The site offers:
The latest news from the field - comprehensive training listing - research and guidance for practitioners and line managers - professional standards and qualifications - feature articles on drugs and alcohol issues - links to other useful sites and resources - and latest job vacancies in the field
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