Character and moderation: tackling alcohol misuse

Demos is holding two roundtables to discuss the relevance of ‘character’ on alcohol policy in the next governement. We are delighted to be joined by Lord Brooke, Chair of the APPG on Alcohol Harm and Fiona Bruce MP, Vice Chair of the APPG on Alcohol Harm respectively.

Nationally, debates about alcohol misuse focus on packaging, pricing and social norms (or ‘nudging’). However, a key piece of the puzzle of encouraging responsible consumption of alcohol is a focus on developing ‘character’ skills among British young people. The idea of ‘Character’ is receiving significant attention in the context of education – both Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt – but it also applies to other policy areas, including health and tackling alcohol harm.

Demos is holding two roundtables – aimed at Labour and Conservative stakeholders respectively – to explore the relevance of ‘character’ to alcohol policy in the next government. Strains on the NHS mean that we need to encourage healthier, more moderate citizens – and a focus on ‘character’ can help.

Labour roundtable:
Date: Thursday 26th February
Tme: 09.00 – 10.30
Location: Westminster
Speakers: Lord Brooke, Chair of the APPG on Alcohol Harm; Jonathan Birdwell, Head of Citizenship and Participation Demos;  Rosanna O’Connor, Alcohol, Drugs & Tobacco Division, Health & Wellbeing Directorate, Publich Health England

Conservative roundtable:
Date: Wednesday 4th March
Tme: 08.30 – 10.00
Location: Westminster
Speakers: Fiona Bruce MP, Vice Chair of the APPG on Alcohol Harm; Jonathan Birdwell, Head of Citizenship and Participation Demos;  Rosanna O’Connor, Alcohol, Drugs & Tobacco Division, Health & Wellbeing Directorate, Publich Health England

Please note, these events are invitation-only, however if you are interested in attending please contact the events team on [email protected] or 020 7367 6314.