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Professor Dorothy Newbury-Birch - University Alliance. Middlesbrough, England, GB

Professor Dorothy Newbury-Birch Professor Dorothy Newbury-Birch

Professor of Alcohol and Public Health | Teesside University

Middlesbrough, England, UNITED KINGDOM

Her research focuses on reducing alcohol related harm in society, particularly young people & those in the criminal justice system.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Criminal Justice

Alcohol Related Crime

Alcohol Abuse


Youth Crime


Professor Dorothy Newbury-Birch is Professor of Alcohol and Public Health in the School for Social Sciences, Humanities and Law at Teesside University. Her research focuses on reducing alcohol related harm in society, particularly for young people and those in various stages of the criminal justice system. She has been involved in many randomised controlled trials examining the effectiveness of alcohol interventions in various settings including primary care, accident and emergency departments, and the prison system - as well as young people in the criminal justice system. She also has expertise in experimental criminology, systematic reviewing and co-production research.

Dorothy is co-President of the International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and other Drugs (INEBRIA). She is a member of the expert group for the World Health Organisation which is developing guidelines for screening and brief interventions and is a member of the Crime and Criminal Justice Group for the Campbell Collaboration. Previously she was a topic expert on the England NICE group for alcohol interventions in schools. She has been involved in nearly 100 peer reviewed publications and reports. These include a review of reviews of the harms and benefits of alcohol for young people for the Department of Schools, Children and Families which informed the Guidance on the Consumption of Alcohol by Children and Young People by the CMO in 2016.

Multimedia Appearances





Professor Dorothy Newbury-Birch, Professor of Alcohol and Public Health Research Delegate Views Justice - Dorothy Newbury Birch The Stockholm Criminology Symposium 2019 |



Accomplishments (1)

British Medical Association (BMA) Joan Dawkins Award

2000 For research into Young People and Alcohol

Education (2)

Newcastle University: Ph.D., Behavioural Sciences 2000

Sunderland University: B.A., Social Science 1996

Affiliations (5)

  • Member of the Crime and Criminal Justice Group for Campbell Collaboration
  • INEBRIA, co-president Elect
  • PORSCH Advisory Group
  • Alcohol Research UK, Grant Approval Committee
  • Member, FUSE: The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health

Event Appearances (5)


2019  Germany

Stockholm Criminology Symposium

2019  Stockholm, Sweden

Suicide Surveillance

2019  Manchester, U.K.

Young People and Addiction

2017 ACAMH  Malta


2017  New York, USA

Articles (5)

A qualitative account of young people’s experiences of alcohol screening and brief interventions in schools: SIPS Jr-HIGH trial findings

Journal of Public Health

2020 The United Kingdom (UK) has seen a decrease in the number of young people drinking alcohol. However, the UK prevalence of underage drinking still ranks amongst the highest in Western Europe. Whilst there is a wealth of evidence reporting on the effectiveness of both primary, and secondary interventions, there are few reports of the experiences of young people who receive them.

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Consistent delivery of healthy weight messages to pregnant and postpartum women: A local resource implementation evaluation commissioned by Public Health England

Teesside University

2020 Maternal obesity increases the risk of a number of serious child and maternal complications. Currently 60% of women in England have excess weight, leading to more women entering pregnancy with excess weight: with around 50% of women being overweight when they become pregnant, and 1 in 5 women presenting with obesity at their 12 week booking appointment.

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Containment and care? A qualitative interview study exploring police custody staff views about delivering brief alcohol interventions to heavy drinking arrestees

Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy

2020 Heavy alcohol use and associated needs are prevalent amongst arrestees. The custody suite offers an opportunity to identify and intervene with this population. However, it is unclear whether functions of care can be effectively delivered within an environment of containment.

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Screening and brief interventions for adolescent alcohol use disorders presenting through emergency departments: a research programme including two RCTs

NIHR Journals Library

2020 Alcohol consumption and related harm increase steeply from the ages of 12–20 years. Adolescents in the UK are among the heaviest drinkers in Europe. Excessive drinking in adolescents is associated with increased risk of accidents, injuries, self-harm, unprotected or regretted sex, violence and disorder, poisoning and accidental death.

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A qualitative exploration of school-based staff’s experiences of delivering an alcohol screening and brief intervention in the high school setting: findings from the SIPS JR-HIGH trial

Journal of Public Health

2019 Whilst underage drinking in the UK has been declining in recent years, prevalence is still higher than in most other Western European countries. Therefore, it is important to deliver effective interventions to reduce risk of harm.

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