Alcohol & Families Alliance

Developing policy on alcohol and the family

The Alcohol and Families Alliance (AFA) is an alliance of organisations from across the voluntary and statutory sectors united in reducing the harms experienced by families as a result of alcohol. It was set up by Adfam and Alcohol Concern (now Alcohol Change UK) in 2013.

Today it is run by by Adfam, the Institute of Alcohol Studies and Alcohol Change UK and chaired by Eric Appleby. The AFA acts a forum and resource for developing and influencing policy and provide experienced and widespread expertise on the topic of alcohol and families. 

The AFA believes that:

  • Current policy does not sufficiently protect children and families from alcohol related harms
  • The misuse of alcohol can have serious and detrimental effects on the health and well-being of children and families
  • The damaging effects of alcohol on children and families are not confined to those incurred by drinkers diagnosed as hazardous, dangerous or dependent.

The AFA holds full-members meetings twice a year with additional contact through phone and email as necessary.

For more information, visit the AFA website, follow the AFA on Twitter at @AlcoholFamilies or email the AFA.

Families First

In 2018 the AFA launched Families First (pdf), a policy report examining the impact alcohol has on families and children in the UK and the gaps in support, making policy recommendations for closing those gaps.

Download the report (pdf)

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