SUNDAY 26 May 2024

Workshop 1: Harm to women and children from men’s drinking:
Interventions, policy options, next steps
(closed meeting)

Sunday 26 May 2024: 12:30-15:30 [For WHO-ThaiHealth work group collaborators]

Venue: Tonic + Ginger, 92 South Terrace, Fremantle

Contact and Chair: Anne-Marie Laslett -  or +61 408 338 093


TUESDAY 28 May 2024

Workshop 2: Temporal availability, alcohol licensing and public health:
ELEPHANT study findings, implications and future research
(open meeting)

Tuesday 28 May 2024: 16:00-17:30

Room: TBC

Summary: The ELEPHANT (Evaluating later or expanded premises hours for alcohol in the night-time economy) study team would like to invite KBS colleagues interested in alcohol availability to hear the findings of this major study on the impacts of later trading hours for licensed alcohol premises in two Scottish cities (Glasgow and Aberdeen). KBS colleagues have been generous in their advice to this study at past conferences, and we look forward to lively discussions about the findings and future research.

Many countries use some form of premises licensing to regulate or restrict alcohol availability. In Scotland, licensing boards in local governments have power over what venues are given a licence to legally sell alcohol, and operating times, among other things. They make decisions based on local policy, and on alcohol licensing objectives set out in law. Public health teams try to influence local licensing decisions and policies, to reduce alcohol-related harms and improve population-level health.

Running from 2020 to 2024, the ELEPHANT study uses a mixed methods, natural experiment evaluation to understand the impacts of later trading hours in both Scottish cities. Between 2017 and 2019, two different processes led to later opening hours in Scotland: ~40 bars in Aberdeen that had previously closed at or before 1am were granted permission to close later, up to 3am; and, 10 nightclubs in Glasgow were granted a 1-hour extension to 4am under a pilot scheme. Our findings include consideration of:

  • How the introduction of later premises hours came about in both cities, anticipated outcomes and the role of the hospitality trade in local policy decision-making
  • How stakeholders’ arguments for and against later opening hours evolved over time
  • Stakeholders’ reflections on the consequences of introducing later premises hours, including venue owner views on the impact on their trade, and the experiences of frontline staff (e.g. police officers, street pastors)
  • What happens during the later opening period in bars/clubs, including observed alcohol and drug use, violence and how the venue operates
  • Public views on the pros and cons of late-night opening in the night-time economy
  • The potential impact on short-and long-term health outcomes if similar later premises hours were introduced in other cities.

The workshop will comprise of short presentations with time for interactive discussion and sharing ideas for future research or collaborations on temporal availability and alcohol licensing.

Facilitators: Prof Niamh Fitzgerald, Dr Rachel O’Donnell, Dr Megan Cook (Institute for Social Marketing and Health, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK); Colin Angus (University of Sheffield) and the ELEPHANT team.

RSVP: Rachel O’Donnell at


Workshop 3: How to use AI for research:
The good, the bad, and the ugly
 (open meeting)

Tuesday 28 May 2024: 16:00-17:30

Room: TBC

Summary: ChatGPT is the one of the fastest growing applications ever and has been labelled a ‘disruptive technology’ due to its ability to answer diverse questions with a high level of accuracy. The popularity of ChatGPT prompted an AI arms race, with more and more impressive generative AI tools emerging that can generate content, and translate and summarise text. The models underlying these generative AI tools are often trained on an extremely large amount of weakly labelled data, meaning that they can make inferences about entirely new problems they have not specifically been trained on. These tools have clear implications for researchers and may be an extremely important tool in helping summarise literature, write and debug code, and classify data. There are, however, a number of lingering questions: can we trust the results from these models? What biases do these models have? How can we get the most out of them? Which models should we use? Will it take my job?

In this workshop, we will:

  • overview how AI has previously been used in alcohol research (presenting some results from our recent systematic review);
  • present how we have used AI to classify text, image, and video data and which models you can and should use;
  • give a brief tutorial on how to implement these models and write better prompts (zero-shot vs. few-shot prompting) and how you can include your understanding of the literature or theories to write better prompts (with an example from motivational theory);
  • Open the floor to discuss how others are using it and the future of AI in research.

Facilitators: Dr Ben Riordan and Prof Emmanuel Kuntsche (TBC)

RSVP: not required


Workshop 4: GenACIS-IGSAHO-GenAHTO Workshop

Tuesday 28 May 2024: 16:00-17:30

Room: TBC

Summary: This year the format of this workshop will focus on updates from each country and discussion of research gaps.

This means we would like you to please:

  1. Before the meeting, send Anne-Marie a few dot points or a paragraph or two on your recent research on related projects you are currently working on or planning, particularly if they might be expanded into regional or international collaborative research in the future.
  2. At this workshop on Tuesday afternoon (28th May), briefly describe the projects or plans you reported in (1);
  3. The chairs will facilitate a discussion about research gaps and potential papers and future grant opportunities, including what would be necessary (personnel, resources, funding applications, etc.) to move these projects forward into the future; and
  4. If there’s time, we will identify working groups and leaders that could communicate during the coming year and report back to the joint workshop at KBS 2025.

Facilitator: Anne-Marie Laslett

RSVP: Anne-Marie Laslett ( )


Workshop 5: International No-and Low-Alcohol Research Network lunch meeting

Tuesday May 28 2024: 12:30-14:00

Room: TBC

Summary: We will be holding a meeting of the International No-and Low-Alcohol (NoLo) Research network on Tuesday during lunch. The meeting is for current network members and anyone else who is doing, or interested in doing, research on NoLos. We will be discussing opportunities for international collaboration, and next steps for the network

Facilitators: Mia Miller and Cassandra Wright



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