MCA Legacy Essay Competition

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This prize started in 1985 when the Frowen family lost their son Micheal due to alcohol related health issues.  Since then we have relied on the kindness of others to donate money to help fund this prize.  We have subsequently also had donations from Dr Spender Madden and Mrs Myra Harries, of which we are very grateful.  If any one would like to donate towards this prize please contact the MCA directly 0207 487 4445.

2016-17 Legacy Essay Competition

Do the new UK Government guidelines for alcohol take gender equality too far?  In 2016 the UK government announced new weekly recommended maximum alcohol intake guidelines.  The recommendations for males have been lowered so that for the first time they are the same for males and females.  In the light of differences between male and female patterns of drinking and physiology, is this a sound recommendation or has gender equality been taken too far?

Closing date: 3rd April 2017

To enter please submit your 3,000 essay to (Vancouver referencing style (references and title not included in word count).

2015-16 Legacy Essay Competition

The Essay topic for 2015-16 is “Why do poor people have more alcohol related deaths than rich people".  Discuss whether it is true that higher socioeconomic class is associated with higher alcohol intake but with less alcohol-related health harm than lower socioeconomic class, and the possible reasons for this.

The winners are:

1st Place:  Jessica Dunphy, University of Birmingham

2nd Place:  Conor Walsh, Imperial College London

3rd Place (Joint):  Yassmeed Radif, University College London

3rd Place (Joint): Michael Zihao Tai, Oxford University

   With grateful thanks to the judges: Dr Iain Smith & Dr Dominique Florin & Dr Jennifer Lisle

See here for Previous Essay Winners