Led by Prof Carol Emslie, GCU’s Substance Use and Misuse research group aims to understand the social context of substance use and develop interventions to reduce harm.
In line with Glasgow Caledonian University’s mission to serve the common good, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we seek to improve good health & wellbeing, reduce inequalities and contribute to gender equality. Our research aims to improve the health of disadvantaged groups (e.g. heavy drinkers living in deprived areas, older drinkers, people who inject drugs, families affected by substance use) and a major strand of our work focuses on understanding men's and women’s relationships with alcohol and addressing gendered stereotypes associated with drinking. We have received funding from NIHR, CSO, SHAAP, Alcohol Research UK and the Big Lottery.
The Substance use & misuse group work closely with the third sector (e.g. Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems, Alcohol Focus Scotland, Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs, Institute for Alcohol Studies) engages with practitioners, policy makers, and the public through blogs and social media (@SubMisuseGcu has > 2000 followers), media coverage, invitations to contribute to expert groups, and presenting at public events and the Scottish Parliament.
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Our research group uses a range of methods, including critical assessment of policy, qualitative interviews and randomised controlled trials, to explore and address substance use and misuse across the lifecourse.
Academic staff and research students within the Substance Use and Misuse group