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For more information on the conference and tickets see the Unhooked Thinking website.

For concessionary tickets email Dr Alan Rayner
or William Pryor

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The Marquess of Bristol died in his sleep in 1999 at the age of 44. Lord Bristol was jailed twice for drug offences and in one trial it was disclosed that he had spent an estimated 7 million pounds over ten years feeding his addiction.
The Marquess of Bristol died in his sleep in 1999 at the age of 44. Lord Bristol was jailed twice for drug offences and in one trial it was disclosed that he had spent an estimated 7 million pounds over ten years feeding his addiction.

Press Release - 04 April 2006

Unhooked thinking – changing attitudes to addiction

The reason why people get addicted to everything from alcohol and drugs to gambling and shopping will be discussed at an international conference to be held in Bath from 19-21 April.

The brainchild of author and former heroin addict, William Pryor, and Dr Alan Rayner, from the University of Bath, the event will bring together some of the best known names working in the field of addiction, including scientists, psychologists and historians from universities across Britain, Europe and America.

The three-day conference will include lectures and discussions on the psycho-social, biological, and medical causes of addiction. Seminar topics include: Good addicts, bad addicts; What is there to cure? and Where is addiction going? In the evenings, film directors Julien Temple and Gillies MacKinnon will present their films which raise issues about drug abuse and answer questions on their representations of addiction.

Dr Rayner, from the University’s Department of Biology and Biochemistry, said: “Despite extensive research there is still a lack of understanding of what actually makes people get addicted, whether you are looking at an addiction to drugs, gambling or shopping.

“By bringing together such a diverse range of expertise we will be able to debate and discuss every aspect of addiction, and I believe it could lead to a fundamental change in people’s attitude and understanding.”

The University has recently launched a new foundation degree in Addictions Counselling. Delivered by Clouds, drug and alcohol treatment centre near Salisbury, the degree aims to meet the increased demand for capable practitioners in the field of Addictions Counselling.

Clouds is one of the sponsors of the conference, along with the University, the National Institute for Mental Health in England, the Centre for Public Innovation, the Beckley Foundation and Transform Drug Policy Foundation.

The event will be held at Bath Assembly Rooms from 19-21 April. For further information and to book tickets see www.unhookedthinking.com.

A limited number of concessionary rates are available for local residents, university staff and students, and health and charity workers. People wishing to take up this offer should contact Dr Rayner (bssadmr@bath.ac.uk) or William Pryor (william@clearpress.co.uk).


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