Alcohol Review and its related social media and events provide a unique source of accessible balanced stories, ideas and information on alcohol.
It relies on user-support to keep going. There are three off-the-peg support plans above and the proceeds of sales of the books Alcohol Companion and Alcohol for Nerds, which also explain the underlying rationale.
The site has diligently tracked and footnoted the global news flow, adding value as it did, following the launch of the book Alcohol Companion in 2016, which made a need for rolling coverage clear.
This persistent effort has given readers access to cutting-edge insights from researchers, policy advocates, policy makers and those with lived experience and people who work with them.
It has helped reduce harm by helping to debunk misleading stories and providing more reliable accounts to replace them. And it has broken and investigated its own on dementia, labelling and conflicts of interest.
It broke the news of the UK’s backward step on labelling in 2017, and has since campaigned strenuously for progress while also carefully highlighting the barriers.
It also was the first to harness online media with a series of accessible events in the covid crisis, helping to isolate many of the issues that subsequently arose.
It also used this innovative medium to investigated the South Africa’s covid alcohol ban and the strenuous lobbying that has sought to derail the strategy.
It has also shed important light on the impact of advertising, alcohol’s mental health challenges and explored the sometimes divisive issue of moderation “versus” quitting in recovery.
If you can see the benefit of having a source of dedicated, informed, long-term journalistic coverage of a global topic, please support it, so it can continue.
It has and always will put readers’ well-being first. There is plenty more to do. ■