An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Alcohol and Other Recreational Drugs
It is often assumed the term “drugs” refers only to illegal substances but this seminar focused on the comparison between alcohol, a legal and acceptable drug in modern society, and other social drugs, both legal and illegal. The rationale was that a balanced and encompassing view of illicit drugs can only be established if set in a context of their legal counterparts. This gathering was welcomed as an occasion to bring a rational debate to a subject that often elicits more emotion than understanding.
Biographies of the speakers and summaries of their talks can be downloaded:
Prof. David Nutt – Alcohol and the Brain
Prof. Leslie Iversen – Comparing Cannabis and Alcohol
Prof. Ian Gilmore – Alcohol and Physical Health – A Complex Equation
Prof. Colin Drummond – The Dangers of Alcohol and the Costs to the NHS
Prof. Jonathan Chick – Treatment Strategies and Individual Differences
Prof. Christine Godfrey – Economics of Alcohol Compared with Other Drugs
Prof. Virginia Berridge – Historical and Cultural Perspective: Why is Alcohol Legal and Other Drugs Not?
Hazel Blears MP – Towards a Pragmatic Policy
Mike Trace – Costs and Benefits of Alcohol and Drugs Policies
Professor Colin Blakemore – A Scientifically Based Scale of Harm for all Social Drugs
To download the complete Proceedings document on pdf format, please click here.