This project examines whether making non-alcoholic or low-alcohol drinks more common and popular in the UK can improve people’s health. Non-alcoholic or low alcohol drinks are beers, ciders, wines, spirits that contain little or no alcohol.
We call them no/lo drinks.
No/lo drinks are increasingly popular, but we do not know if they improve public health. Their impact on health depends on several factors including which people drink them, whether they replace or add to the alcohol people usually drink, and whether they cause any wider benefits or harms. For example, adverts for no/lo drinks might also promote normal alcoholic drinks or encourage young people to start drinking earlier.
Many organisations are trying different ways to make no/lo drinks more common in shops and bars and more popular with the public. Alcohol companies are making and promoting new drinks, the government does not tax no/low drinks and some public health charities encourage people to try no/lo drinks if they want to cut down on alcohol. These actions interact with each other in complex ways to affect who drinks no/lo products and their impact on health. We aim to describe these actions, study their health impact and explore what further actions might ensure no/lo drinks improve public health.