Led by Prof Carol Emslie, GCU’s Substance Use 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 (for example, 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 group work closely with the third sector (for example, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems, Alcohol Focus Scotland, Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs, Institute for Alcohol Studies) engages with practitioners, policymakers, and the public through blogs and social media (@SubMisuseGcu has > 2900 followers), media coverage, invitations to contribute to expert groups, and presenting at public events and the Scottish Parliament.

Read about our #dontpinkmydrink social media campaign which highlights stereotypical and cynical marketing of alcohol to women



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GCU Substance Use and Misuse Research