How will minimum pricing impact on problem drinkers?

24 May 2012

How will minimum pricing impact on problem drinkers?

The seminar takes place on June 7

As the debate over minimum pricing of alcohol continues, the Institute for Applied Health Research and Institute for Society and Social Justice Research welcomes Professor Jonathan Chick to give a talk as part of its Substance Use and Misuse Research Institutes Interdisciplinary Seminar Series 2012.

Professor Chick is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Honorary Professor at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh. He has a particular interest in treating problematic alcohol use.

Initially Jonathan read natural science Cambridge University, before training in medicine and psychiatry at Edinburgh University. He worked for 30 years as an NHS consultant at The Royal Edinburgh Hospital, has published widely and has been a consultant to the World Health Organisation and government departments in Brazil, Canada, USA, Australia and the UK. He is Editor-in-chief of the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism

Together with his colleague Dr Jan Gill at Queen Margaret University, Jonathan is currently conducting a three-year research project funded by the CSO entitled “Effectiveness studies of treating alcohol dependence. Public health and policy in relations to alcohol”.  The research aims to test whether 500 severe drinkers in Edinburgh and Glasgow change their drinking habits following the introduction of minimum pricing in Scotland.

Dr Laura Williamson, Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the Institute for Applied Health Research, GCU, said: “We are delighted to welcome Professor Chick to speak in our seminar series.

“Jonathan’s work on substance misuse has long been of tremendous importance internationally to researchers, policy makers and to those living with dependence problems. His current work on the introduction of minimum pricing - particularly its potential impact on those with the most severe alcohol problems will be followed closely by all those interested in alcohol related harms.”

The seminar, entitled The Price of a Drink, takes place on Thursday 7 June from 5pm to 6pm on level 3, Buchanan House, Glasgow. For more information, email Dr Laura Williamson.

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