Alcohol and mental health

Strategies for challenging times
September 25th, online, 1pm (UK time)

This event will explore how reshaping our relationship with alcohol can help us manage better in difficult circumstances, like the ones we face now.

This timely international event will help participants deepen understanding and promote change with the help of a lively, interactive, expert-led format pioneered in two previous events during the crisis.

Among the speakers helping to catalyse the discussion will be consultant old-age psychiatrist Dr Tony Rao, who brings a unique wealth of front-line experience, theoretical knowledge and commitment.

More key speakers will be announced in the coming weeks to offer insights that can feed into the participatory session that will be at the heart of the event.

All participants will be able to pose questions and contribute their insights, whether they be derived from academic research, professional or first-hand experience.

Much is uncertain, but it is clear that alcohol-drinking is often a major factor in stress-sensitive conditions like anxiety and depression, while it also undermines our judgement.

Heavy drinking is also responsible for a large share of mental disorders like dementia and brain damage, to which older people are at higher risk while at the same time being most isolated during the covid-19 crisis.

The programme for this third event of the series will be devised in the coming weeks to best respond to circumstances. Places are limited.

CPD certificates will be issued on request. Further details of the programme and how to log in will be sent to attendees by email closer to the time. ■

Praise for previous events
“I learned a lot and it gave me food for thought as well as making me feel more motivated than I’ve been all week.”—senior lecturer
“What I heard was really interesting and important.”—research associate
“I really enjoyed it.”—non-professional
“It was an extremely interesting discussion. I look forward to the next one!”— Janet Gourand, founder, World Without Wine

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