Bruce Ritson will give the Society Lecture on the subject of alcohol policy and its implementation in Scotland, with an historical perspective


  • Emerging challenges in addiction psychiatry
  • Alcohol: harms, interventions and policy
  • The research base for policy
  • Recovery


Dr John Roche New drugs, new problems? Responding to club drugs in Leeds
Prof Val Curran Ketamine: an overview of its long-term effects on mental and physical health
Dr Fiona Measham Changing trends in mephedrone and novel psychoactive substances
Dr Adam Winstock New drug trends and unmet treatment need - Findings from the Global Drug Survey, 2011-12
Dr Richard Cooper Respectable 'addicts'? Identity and over-the-counter medicine abuse
Dr Betsy Thom Delivering alcohol policy: the role of partnerships
Dr Rachel Herring How do we judge the 'value' of alcohol interventions?
Dr Richard de Visser 'I have more negative reactions to really drunk women': working with and against gender double-standards for drinking and drunkenness in interventions with young people
Dr Petra Meier Alcohol price and availability: the evidence base
Dr Jane Marshall Where now, UK alcohol policy?
Dr Duncan Raistrick Interventions in the general hospital
Annie Rushworth SMART recovery
Dr John Kelly Mobilizers, mechanisms, and moderators of addiction recovery
Mr Tim Leighton Recovery: is this a new agenda or not? - What has been the impact of changes in the government-imposed treatment agenda over the past 15 years?


Plus Dr Bridgette Bewick, winner of the 2012 Fred Yates prize, will present ‘Delivering personalised feedback and/or social norms information via the internet: promoting change in alcohol & other drug use’

Call for papers

As every year, we welcome delegates’ papers, in oral or poster form, and abstracts on any addictions subject are now welcome. Please click here for guidance. Please submit by email to: Closing date for oral papers: Friday 14 September. Closing date for poster papers: Friday 12 October.

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