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Drinkaware appoints team of advisors

Published:  29 January, 2010

Alcohol awareness charity Drinkaware has appointed a national advisory panel to advise it on educating consumers about alcohol misuse.

Alcohol awareness charity Drinkaware has appointed a national advisory panel to advise it on educating consumers about alcohol misuse.

The group, made up of six expert medical professionals, working across areas including the liver, mental health, accidents and emergencies and public health, have committed to offering the charity advice for at least a year, under the overall direction of Drinkaware's Chief Medical Adviser, Professor Paul Wallace.

As experts in their respective fields, the new panel members will help ensure Drinkaware continues to provide consumers with the most up-to-date, medically-sound information.

The team is comprised of:

  • Drinkaware Chief Medical Adviser, Professor Paul Wallace - Professor of Primary Care at University College London, Director National Institute for Health Research Primary Care Research Network and a General Practitioner.

  • Professor Mark Bellis - Director of the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University, the North West Public Health Observatory and the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention.
  • Dr Jonathan Chick - Consultant Psychiatrist, Royal Edinburgh Hospital and Part-time Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry, Edinburgh University.
  • Professor Chris Day - Pro-Vice Chancellor and Professor of Liver Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and Senior National Institute for Health Research Investigator.
  • Professor Graham Ogden - Professor of Oral Surgery at the University of Dundee and Honorary Consultant Oral Surgeon Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust.
  • Professor Jonathan Shepherd CBE - Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Director of the Violence Research Group and Vice Dean at Cardiff University, member of Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Fellow of the College of Emergency Medicine.
  • Dr Russell Viner - Consultant and Directorate of Adolescent Medicine, University College London Hospitals and Great Ormond Street Hospital, London.

    Professor Wallace said:  "Providing consumers with best evidence about the health implications of drinking to excess is a key factor in helping to reduce the harm alcohol can cause.  I'm delighted to be working with a panel of experts across the field who can ensure that people visiting the Drinkaware website and interacting with the charity's campaigns keep abreast of all the best quality information in order to protect their own health and well-being."