A Chance to win

We hold annual competitions in order for medical students to have the chance to win cash prizes. The objective of these prizes is to enable students to have their say when it comes to alcohol issues and test their knowledge:

MCA Legacy Essay Competition

The MCA Legacy essay competition is held every year by the MCA. Prizes are awarded to the Medical Students whose essay best answers the adjudicators' chosen title.


Winners Announced: MCA Legacy Essay Competition 2020-2021

Covid-19 - It's enough to drive you to drink

The relationship between alcohol and Covid is multifaceted. There is evidence that alcohol consumption has increased during lockdown, as have mental health problems. Services have been impacted. Some countries have in fact banned alcohol sales during this period. There is also a view that alcohol consumption may increase the risk of infection, for instance by causing disinhibition and reduced social distancing.

Your essay should consider both the effect of Covid on alcohol consumption and alcohol-related health harm and whether alcohol use increases Covid risk. Also discuss how we should best address problem drinking during and after this pandemic.

Opened: 1 January 2021 Closed: 31 March 2021 

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The winners are:

1st Prize: Miriam Gill, University of Aberdeen

2nd Prize: John Adam, University of Southampton

3rd Prize (Joint):

Maria Anna Bantounou, University of Aberdeen

Neha Gareja, University College London

Alexander Harper, University of Leicester

With thanks to the judges: Dr Seonaid Anderson, Dr Deborah Kirkham and Dr Marsha Morgan  

To view previous winners click here .


National Alcohol Awareness Day Competition 

The MCA NAAD competition is held every two years and is usually a design competition.  It is open to all current UK Medical, Nursing and Midwifery students.


** The NAAD Competition 2021 is now closed. Winners will be announced in September 2021

Alcohol - from freshers to finals and beyond

The competition is to design a screen saver comprising up to three slides which could be used by your medical/nursing/midwifery student union to inform and advise students about their use of alcohol and ways of managing this. You may want to consider the pressures on students to drink, the risks involved throughout your studies and onto professional life and the resources to mitigate these.

Opened: 1 March 2021 Closed: 1 July 2021 

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Winning entries receive:

1st Prize    £500

2nd Prize   £400

3rd Prize    £300

To view previous winners click here.