The Alcohol Problem Podcast aims to explore the nature of problem drinking with Dr James Morris and a range of guests
Dry January & temporary abstinence: is it worth it? With Prof. Matt Field
In this episode we talk to Prof. Matt Field about the evidence behind Dry January and temporary abstinence. We discuss what is known about the possible health and other benefits for drinkers from temporarily abstaining from alcohol. This includes who temporary abstinence may or may not be suitable for and implications for understanding drinking and alcohol addiction or dependence.
Professor Matt Field is a Professor of Psychology specialising in addiction at the University of Sheffield. He has published extensively on a range of addiction related topics including evaluations of Dry January, and is involved in ongoing research on the subject.
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Drinking behaviour, risks and causes with Professor Tony Moss
In this episode Professor Tony Moss talks about key drivers of drinking behaviour and alcohol-related risks, problems and causes. This covers how alcohol use can develop into addiction, and the complex nature of associated problems and the range of psychological, social and sometime biological factors involved.
Prof Tony Moss is a Professor of Addictive Behaviour Science in the Centre for Addictive Behaviours Research at London South Bank University. He has conducted a range of research related to the psychology of alcohol use and drinking behaviours. Prof Moss set up a 'pub lab' to improve validity of alcohol experiments and has appeared on multiple TV shows exploring the subject. He has recently co-edited a book on Evaluating the Brain Disease Model of Addiction and can be found on Twitter @tonymossuk
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In conversation with Jon Ashworth MP
In this episode we speak to Jon Ashworth MP about his experience and views of parental alcohol problems and affected others, as well as parliamentary drinking culture, alcohol policy and related issues.
Jon has spoken openly about his father's alcohol problems which lead to his death in 2010. He has campaigned and supported a range of action to help people affected by parental drinking, including having run multiple marathons in support of NACOA.
Jon is currently Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, having previously been Labour’s longest running Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.
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Alcohol, addiction and the brain with Dr Marc Lewis
In this episode we talk to Dr Marc Lewis, a neuroscientist and former professor of developmental psychology. We explore what addiction is from a neuroscience perspective, including why Marc does not consider it a disease, despite changes to the brain. We discuss how addiction relates to habit, compulsion, and how these can be understood as functions of the brain and human behaviour. Marc also talks about his own alcohol use and reflections about alcohol as a complex drug - both good and bad.
Marc has authored or co-authored more than fifty journal articles in neuroscience and developmental psychology. His first book, Memoirs of an Addicted Brain, is the first to blend memoir and science in addiction studies. His last book, The Biology of Desire, refutes the medical view of addiction as a brain disease through both neuroscience and real world explorations of addiction problems.
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What is Alcohol Use Disorder? Concepts and measurement with Dr Cassie Boness
In this episode we talk to Dr Cassie Boness about the idea of ‘Alcohol Use Disorder’ (AUD) as a widely applied concept in the identification and treatment of alcohol problems.
Alcohol Use Disorder is the basis for identifying an alcohol problem in the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM, but also used as a broader term for alcohol-related problems including by the UK’s National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE).
Cassie is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico's Center on Alcohol, Substance Use and Addictions (CASA) and a clinical psychologist.
We discuss the basis of Alcohol Use Disorder and some of the issues around such attempts to identify the very complex nature of alcohol use and problems. This includes discussion on Cassie and others work on developing a new framework to better identify AUD - the The Etiologic, Theory-Based, Ontogenetic Hierarchical Framework of Alcohol Use Disorder.
Labelling & language in mental health & alcohol with Dr Lucy Foulkes
In this episode we talk to Dr Lucy Foulkes about labelling and language in the context of mental health and alcohol issues. We discuss how labels like alcoholic or schizophrenia may serve an important role for people to identify or respond to problems, but also carry important implications for stigma and recovery. We explore how there are many similarities between the pros and cons of labelling in mental health and for alcohol issues, but some important differences.
Dr Lucy Foulkes is a senior research fellow at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and an honorary lecturer in psychology at UCL. Her research focuses on mental health and social cognition, particularly in adolescence. She is the author of the book Losing Our Minds: What Mental Illness Really Is And What It Isn't (Penguin Random House, 2021), which explores how we talk about mental health and illness.
Worth your time over a glass or two (or otherwise)
Given the strength of our society’s relationship with alcohol it’s well worth pausing to think about the trade offs. This discussion was informative and accessible. The host is engaging and clearly an expert in the field.
A fascinating and interesting listen!
Excellent and essential listening for people working in the field and those pursuing ways to think about their drinking. Give it a listen. Non judgemental and open discussions about our relationship to alcohol
Fascinating and thought-provoking podcasts
Extremely thought-provoking podcasts from Dr James Morris. A lot of really good in-depth discussions on this complex subject. It’s brilliant to get so many different perspectives from some really interesting people. If you know someone who has a ‘problem’ with alcohol, if you think you might have one yourself or if you are just interested in finding out more about the topic I would highly recommend subscribing.