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Participant Information Sheet

LJMU’s Research Ethics Committee Approval Reference: PHIPGT2000

Public views on the regulation of alcohol in the UK

I would like to invite you to take part in a research study. Before you decide to participate, it is important for you to understand why the study is being done and what your participation will involve. Please read through the following information carefully. Please get in contact via the email address at the bottom of the page if there is something you are unsure about or if you would like more information.

Who will conduct the study?

My name is Sophie Roberts and I am a Master's student at Liverpool John Moores University (Public Health Institute).  As part of my degree I am undertaking a study of public views of alcohol policy in the UK.

Why have I been invited to participate?

You have not been specifically targeted to take part in this research, and I am advertising it through social media and through existing contacts.

You must be aged over 18 and live in the UK to take part in this study.

Do I have to take part?

Participation for this research is completely voluntary.  You can withdraw participation in the study at any time by closing your browser. However, it will be impossible to withdraw your questionnaire after submission as no personal, identifiable questions will be asked.

What will happen to me if I take part?
You will be asked to complete an online questionnaire, and this will take around 10-15 minutes to complete. The questions include age, gender, race, but will not ask you for any other personal data. There are some questions about your alcohol use, what you think about alcohol use in UK society, and how you think we should respond to alcohol use. 

Will I be recorded and how will the recorded media be used?
The data collected from the questionnaires will securely stored on the survey software server. When data collection has finished, I will download all data to my password protected University computer.

Are there any possible disadvantages or risks from taking part?

There are no anticipated risks of taking part in this research.

If you have concerns or questions about your own alcohol use or someone you know, then the NHS alcohol webpages are very helpful:

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

Whilst will be no direct benefits of participating in the study, but your participation will help me to complete my Master’s dissertation. 

What will happen to the results of the study?
The results are primarily to be used for my Master’s dissertation. However, they may also be written up for publication in a scientific journal. 

Who is organising the study?

This study is organised by Liverpool John Moores University.

Who has reviewed this study?

This study has been reviewed and received ethical clearance through the Liverpool John Moores University Research Ethics Committee (Reference number: PHIPGT2000).

What if something goes wrong?

If you have a concern about any aspect of this study, please contact me by email. If you have a complaint about this study then please contact the chair of the Liverpool John Moores University Research Ethics Committee ( and your communication will be re-directed to an independent person as appropriate.

Data Protection Notice

Liverpool John Moores University is the sponsor for this study based in the United Kingdom. We will be using information from you in order to undertake this study and will act as the data controller for this study. This means that we are responsible for looking after your information and using it properly. Liverpool John Moores University will process your personal data for the purpose of research. Research is a task that we perform in the public interest. Liverpool John Moores University will keep identifiable information about you for 5 years after the study has finished.

Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the study to be reliable and accurate. If you withdraw from the study, we will keep the information about you that we have already obtained. To safeguard your rights, we will use no personally-identifiable information possible.

You can find out more about how we use your information by contacting

If you are concerned about how your personal data is being processed, please contact LJMU in the first instance at If you remain unsatisfied, you may wish to contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Contact details, and details of data subject rights, are available on the ICO website at:

Contact for further information

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Dissertation supervisors:;

Thank you for reading this information sheet and for considering taking part in this study.

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