University of Stirling Alcohol Discussion Group

Interested in taking part in our Alcohol Discussion Group?

To APPLY NOW - scroll down to the form below.

Who runs the group?
Researchers at the University of Stirling who are part of a UK wide network of 13 universities called the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies.

What is the group for?
We would like your views on alcohol policy and research ideas, as well as current research projects and alcohol policies in Scotland and the UK. We hope to learn from your perspective so that our research can take into account the needs and views of the general public.

Who can attend?
Occasional or regular drinkers, aged 18 years or over, living within 10 miles of Stirling, willing to attend 2 meetings a year.

What about expenses?
In order to cover your time while attending, group members will receive £25 in shopping vouchers for each meeting they attend plus we will refund any reasonable travel costs of attending.

How will members be rewarded?
Group members receive £25 in shopping vouchers for each meeting they attend plus we will refund any travel costs of attending.

About the Meetings:
Each meeting will have a theme, feature an input from a leading researcher, and allow plenty of time for discussion. Meetings take place in February and August each year, usually on a Thursday evening. Occasionally additional meetings may be organised to discuss new research projects.

The next meeting will take place at the Stirling Court Hotel, on the University of Stirling campus, on Thursday evening 22nd February 2018. At this meeting we will be discussing "Behind the headlines of 'boozing mums to be' - what do we know about the risks with drinking during pregnancy?" with Dr. Lisa Scholin from the University of Edinburgh. Future sessions will discuss whether drinking guidelines have any impact.

How do I sign up?
If this sounds like something you would like to be involved in, please fill out this short form, so that we can ensure a variety of people will attend. We can accommodate up to 30 in total so applying does not guarantee a place. If you have already applied, you do not need to re-apply, we will contact you directly about the meeting.

What the group is NOT about?
The group is not about you personally or what you drink, and you will not need to disclose any such details to other group members. The group is not a self-help or support group for people with alcohol problems and if you wish to get help with an alcohol problem, we would recommend that you access local services by calling 0845 673 1774 or visiting

Signing Up for the Alcohol Discussion Group:
Please COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW to sign up for the group

Following receipt of your application, we may call you to confirm that you are still interested and available. Further details regarding the meeting will be sent to you by email/post.

What will the University do with the information I give on the form?
This information is treated as confidential and will be stored on a secure computer database. The University of Stirling will collect, store and use the data you have supplied only for the alcohol discussion group. By giving this information you consent to all such personal information being made available to researchers and support staff at the University of Stirling and individuals developing and delivering the Alcohol Discussion Group and its meetings on behalf of the university. Except where disclosure is required by law, we are legally required to keep your details confidential and secure for the duration of your time on the discussion group and all identifying details you have supplied will be destroyed when the group is no longer meeting or if you are no longer part of the group.

If you have any further queries, please contact:
Kate Massie on 01786 467347 or via email

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