The Drinkaware Trust is an independent UK-wide alcohol education charity, funded largely by voluntary and unrestricted donations from UK alcohol producers, retailers and supermarkets. The Trust is governed independently and works in partnership with others to help reduce alcohol-related harm by helping people make better choices about their drinking.
We engage and work directly with both the alcohol industry and public sector bodies to tackle alcohol-related harms. Here you'll find information about who we are, what we do and how we can help you.
The work of Drinkaware is overseen by an independent Board of trustees, chaired by Sir Leigh Lewis, who each bring relevant expertise to the operations of Drinkaware and act with full independence. Our independent governance, and our commitment to be led by evidence, was in 2014 further strengthened in response to the recommendations of the 2013 independent review of Drinkaware.
Our Memorandum and Articles of Association state that trustees shall be appointed through an open recruitment process based solely on their ability to meet the needs of the Trust; and that the Board may only appoint Trustees who are currently employed in the alcohol industry, or have a policy role with respect to alcohol, if they satisfy this criterion and if there are not more than two such Trustees in either category.
Drinkaware is committed to being evidence-led and to contribute positively to the evidence base around alcohol-related harm; all of our medical information and guidance for the public is reviewed by our independent Medical Advisory Panel, and Drinkaware holds Information Standard accreditation to reassure people that the information provided is impartial and accessible.
In 2014, the Research and Impact Committee, chaired by trustee Dr Timothy Walker, was established to oversee the work of our internal research function. By publishing the results of our evidence reviews, evaluations and other research on the Drinkaware website and in peer-reviewed journals, we share our learning transparently and hope to contribute to the wider knowledge on how best to reduce alcohol-related harm.
In April 2017 we launched a new five year strategy that sets out Drinkaware's overall aims and provides clarity on how we plan to deliver against them by 2022.
Funding and support
Drinkaware is funded by voluntary and unrestricted donations from major UK alcohol producers, pub operators, restaurants, major supermarkets and other retailers.
Drinkaware donors help support our aim to reduce harmful drinking by directing their customers to information and advice on the Drinkaware website (through the use of drinkaware.co.uk on packaging and advertising); and help extend the reach and impact of our campaigns as part of their commitment to social responsibility. Our research publications are made available to donors, as they are to non-donors and the general public, on our website.
We exist to positively change public behavior and the national drinking culture to help reduce alcohol misuse and minimise alcohol-related harm. You could become part of our team to make a vital difference and help people make better choices about their drinking.