Prestigious European Research project


13 June 2011

Researchers from Liverpool John Moores University are making an important contribution to a prestigious new European Research Project.

Image of ALICE RAP logoALICE RAP (Addictions and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe – Reframing Addictions Project) is a five year, 10 million Euro project co-financed by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission, and coordinated by a team in the Hospital Clinic Foundation of the University of Barcelona. Almost 200 international scientists are involved. ALICE RAP aims to critically examine and analyse currently fragmented research and strengthen scientific evidence to inform a new dynamic platform for public and political dialogue and debate on current and alternative approaches to addictions.

Policies governing addictive substances and behaviours need to balance individual freedom and social responsibility, while taking into account social, economic and ethical considerations. But scientific evidence points to the fact that the classification and legality of addictive substances has rarely been related to the relative harm that these substances can cause to individuals or to society. In fact, while there is a large amount of global scientific evidence to inform the development effective drug policy to improve public health, current policy in most societies takes little or limited account of this research.

ALICE RAP will work to change this by analysing the potential economic, health and social consequences of new or alternative approaches to govern and manage addiction using foresight methodologies and expert working groups to identify more effective and efficient EU and national level policy options.

Dr Harry Sumnall, from LJMU's Centre for Public Health, is leading a work package that examines EU Member States’ policies targeted at young people’s use of tobacco, illegal drugs, alcohol, gaming, and gambling. In particular, this work aims to provide an integrated overview of the environmental and cultural moderators of policy effectiveness and analyses how these might also influence young people’s responses to health and social interventions.

For further information please contact Dr Harry Sumnall on 0151 231 4516 or email: h.sumnall@ljmu.ac.uk



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