Information for People Experiencing Alcohol-Related Problems

WHY are you doing this study?

In the UK, alcohol related problems are increasing and are predicted to be further impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Previous research has shown that ethnic groups can differ in how they understand mental and physical health problems, and which treatments are preferred. Despite being the largest minority group in the UK, very little is known about the factors that influence alcohol use and treatment for British South Asians compared to other ethnic groups.


This study aims to improve alcohol services and health messages to better meet the needs of the diverse UK population. To do this, we want to understand more about alcohol use, support required, and the impact of COVID-19 on both South Asian and White British groups.

WHAT do you mean by alcohol-related problems?

Alcohol-related problems refers to anyone whose alcohol consumption has created or is creating difficulties in their life. This can be socially (i.e. in your relationships, community or employment), physically (i.e. in your health or appearance), mentally (i.e. your emotions and wellbeing), financially, or in any other ways that are important to you. It doesn't matter how often, how much or in what context- for example, you may drink occasionally in a social context or regularly in private. You may feel you have a problem or be accessing support for alcohol-related issues (or have done previously). By speaking to a wide range of people we learn more about why problems may occur and how best to support.

HOW can I help?

If you have or are currently experiencing alcohol-related problems, we’d like to speak with you and hear about your experiences. You can help us understand how drinking behaviours develop and how support and treatments can be improved.


We’ll arrange a time to speak with you privately at your convenience. This can be over the phone or an online video. If COVID regulations permit, it could also be face to face. You’ll be asked about several topics including your alcohol consumption, your mental health and wellbeing, your perspectives on available and new alcohol treatments, and how COVID-19 has impacted any of the above. You’ll also be asked to complete some questionnaires about your drinking and your mental health. The interview will be strictly confidential and should  last no more than one hour.

What's in it for ME?

Your contribution will help improve the future treatment of people with alcohol problems
You will be offered a £10 voucher to thank you for your participation in the study.
An opportunity to be involved in leading science