Conference on prevention and treatment of Alcohol problems

Issue date: 20 April 2005

ISSUE DATE: 20/07/05
Watershed, Bristol Friday 11 November 2005

A major international conference on Alcohol problems: prevention and treatment, will be held at the Watershed in Bristol on Friday 11 November 2005. The conference is jointly organised by the Alcohol and Health Research Trust at the University of the West of England and the Addictions Forum.

The conference will take place within days of the likely introduction of controversial new licensing laws in England and Wales. The issue of licensing will be a central focus of this meeting, with an in-depth discussion involving a barrister, a senior police officer and a senior representative of the beverage alcohol industry.

Professor Martin Plant, Director of the Alcohol and Health Research Trust comments, “Alcohol is humanity’s favourite drug. Consumed in moderation beverage alcohol is enjoyable and has some health benefits for middle aged or elderly people. Most people in industrial countries drink alcohol at least occasionally. Its use is becoming more commonplace in many developing countries. Sadly the heavy and inappropriate consumption of alcohol is associated with a constellation of adverse effects. These include public disorder, accidents, injuries, premature mortality, family violence and a range of health, psychological and social problems such as liver disease, fetal damage, alcohol dependence and violent crime.”

The conference will bring together leading authorities on alcohol consumption, its consequences and its problems. They will review current issues involving international and national trends in consumption and problems, “binge” drinking, gender differences, influences on drinking in bars, licensing policy, policing and the management of public bars. Leading authorities will also review motivational interviewing, together with the outcomes and economic aspects of the important large–scale UK Alcohol Treatment Trial (UKATT).

This meeting should be of interest to anybody with a professional or personal interest in alcohol, its use and its associated problems. The latter include doctors, nurses, clinical psychologists, alcohol counsellors, the police, lawyers, social scientists and policy-makers.

For further information please contact Jan Green, at The Addictions Forum on 0117 32 88800 or e-mail: Cost of Attendance: Addictions Forum members: £60 Non-members, £100 Prices include VAT.


Editor’s notes

The Addictions Forum

The Addictions Forum, a membership organisation, exists to foster a balanced discussion about alcohol, tobacco, illicit and prescribed drugs, together with issues such as risk-taking and HIV/AIDS. The Forum arranges an annual residential training event at Durham Castle. It has also staged conferences and other meetings throughout the UK as well as in Iceland, India, Ireland and the Netherlands. The Addictions Forum is a registered charity (1015523).

The Alcohol & Health Research Trust (A&HRT)

The A&HRT was established to carry out research into beverage alcohol, together with other social and health issues. The latter include tobacco, illicit and prescribed drugs, HIV/AIDS, risk taking and sexual behaviour; to publish and disseminate information for the benefit of researchers, clinicians, professionals, students, and others concerned with the above themes; to work in co-operation with researchers, students and professionals concerned with alcohol or other social or health issues, to assist researchers, students and others in the conduct of their work related to alcohol or other social or health issues. Members of the research team have produced over 300 scientific publications, including over 20 books. The A&HRT is a registered charity (SC027580).

Session 1: Problems & Challenges

(Chair: Professor Moira Plant)

9:15-9:45 Alcohol: the global picture Dr Isidore Obote
9:45-10:00 “Binge” drinking: problems and responses Professor Martin Plant
10:00-10:30 Influences on drinking habits Professor Rutger Engels
10:30-11:00 Coffee/tea

Session 2: Licensing
(Chair: Dr Bruce Ritson)

11:00-11:30 Liquor licensing: UK Professor Roy Light
11:30-12:00 A police view Ms Jackie Roberts
12:00-12:30 An industry view Mr Philip Lay
12:30-13:45 Buffet lunch

Session 3: Treatment Approaches
(Chair: Dr Douglas Cameron)

13:45-14:15 Motivational interviewing Professor Steve Rollnick
14:15-14:45 The UK Alcohol Treatment
Trial (UKATT) Professor Nick Heather

14:45-15:15 Treatment costs (UKATT) Professor Christine Godfrey

Session 4: Harm Minimisation
(Chair: Dr Marilyn Christie)

15:15-16:00 What works? Professor Eric Single

16:00 Meeting ends


Dr Douglas Cameron, Leicester.
Dr Marilyn Christie, Department of Psychology Psychology, University of Leicester.
Professor Rutger Engels, Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Professor Christine Godfrey, Department of Health Sciences & Clinical Evaluation, University of York.
Professor Nick Heather, Division of Psychology, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Mr Philip Lay, Retail Director, S.A. Brain & Company Ltd., The Cardiff Brewery.
Professor Roy Light, Faculty of Law, University of the West of England, Bristol.
Dr Isidore Obote, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.
Professor Martin Plant, Alcohol & Health Research Trust, Centre for Public Health Research, University of the West of England, Bristol.
Professor Moira Plant, Alcohol & Health Research Trust, Centre for Public Health Research, University of the West of England, Bristol.
Dr Bruce Ritson, Edinburgh.
Ms Jackie Roberts, Assistant Chief Constable, Avon & Somerset Police.
Professor Eric Single, University of Toronto, Canada.
Professor Steve Rollnick, Department of General Practice, University of Cardiff.

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