What is the Commission?

The Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA) is supporting the Commission on Alcohol Harm: An Inquiry into the Effects of Alcohol on Society.

The Commission has been established to examine the current evidence on alcohol harm, recent trends in alcohol harm and the changes needed to reduce the harm caused by alcohol.

The Commission will also examine the need for a new comprehensive alcohol strategy for England, which takes account of the strategies in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and considers UK-wide priorities in areas where policy is not devolved. 

Commissioners include:

Chair: Baroness Finlay of Llandaff
Kenny MacAskill, MP
Derek Thomas, MP
Baroness Jolly
Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town
Hardyal Dhindsa, Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire; Lead for Alcohol and Substance Misuse, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners
Prof Jonathan Shepherd CBE, FMedSci,
Crime and Security Research Institute, Cardiff University
Crispin Acton, Expert Advisor, Institute of Alcohol Studies; formerly at Department of Health
Paul Ogden, Senior Advisor, Public Health and Equalities, Local Government Association
Prof Martin McKee
CBE, FMedSci , Professor of European Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Prof John Newton, Director of Health Improvement, Public Health England
Prof Sir Ian Gilmore, Chair, Alcohol Health Alliance

Prof Keith Humphreys, Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University; Honorary Professor of Psychiatry, King’s College London
Lord Ribeiro CBE, FRCS
Baroness Boycott
Baroness Jenkin of Kennington

When will the Commission take place?

Following the close of a call for written evidence, the Commission will hold three oral evidence sessions in March 2020. Findings and recommendations will be published later this year.