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DARC Research Webinar Series 2021: March

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James Morris: Why harmful drinkers reject change: coping and cognition in maintaining heavy drinking

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Wednesday 17th March 2021, 1-2pm

James Morris, LSBU, Why harmful drinkers reject change: coping and cognition in maintaining heavy drinking.

Chair: Rachel Herring

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When: Mar 17, 2021 01:00 PM London

Topic: DARC Research Webinar Series 2021: March

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https://mdx-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/94387160889?pwd=Q05seEdwVkZOTWN0OWxkSWFBeFNEQT09

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Webinar ID: 943 8716 0889

Abstract: Public Health England identifies approximately 600,000 dependent drinkers as the target treatment population. However they identify an additional 1.3 million ‘harmful’ drinkers who do not have serious dependency but are drinking at levels already causing harm to themselves. For instance, 1 in 5 hospital attendees have been identified as harmful drinkers, reflecting the contribution of heavy drinking to a wide range of health-related conditions. However, harmful drinkers are characterised by low problem recognition, or in some folk language, ‘denial’. Here I present a conceptual model for understanding how and why harmful drinkers reject change via cognitive ‘coping’ responses. I will explore some of the ways in which interventions and policy may address some of these barriers with a few to increasing problem recognition as a key first step to change.

Biography: James Morris is a Research Fellow at London South Bank University, with a particular interest in alcohol problems, stigma, framing and problem recognition. He has close to 20 years’ experience in the alcohol field and has lived experience of problem drinking. James recently launched The Alcohol ‘Problem’ Podcast, which aims to explore the nature of problem drinking through a range of academic and lived experience perspectives. He is Editor of Alcohol Policy UK and Chair of the New Directions in the Study of Alcohol Group.

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