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'Our Addictions: the Pleasure and the Pain' hosted by uwe Bristol

UWE hosts international conference on addiction

'Our Addictions: the Pleasure and the Pain'
30 November 2007 Watershed, Harbourside, Bristol.

The University of the West of England is hosting a major international conference entitled 'Our Addictions: the Pleasure and the Pain' on 30 November 2007 at the Watershed, Harbourside, Bristol.

The focus will be on Alcohol, Caffeine, Tobacco, Illicit Drugs, Gambling, Eating Disorders, the Internet, Excessive Appetites, Addiction and the Brain, Patterns of Behaviour, the Nature & Extent of the Problems, the Cost to Society, Approaches to Treatment and Recovery and the Globalisation of Addiction. Conference speakers will include leading addiction practitioners, medical and scientific authorities from Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK.

Martin Plant, Professor of Addiction Studies at UWE, comments, “The UK, like other countries, has a huge problem related to the harmful effects of legal and illicit drugs as well as behaviours such as compulsive gambling and obesity. This conference provides a rare opportunity to consider these issues together, in the context of the latest information on the nature of the problems and the best responses to them. Addiction causes untold misery. No country has all of the best answers, so we need to take into account how other nations approach these issues most effectively.”

Addiction to the use of mind-altering drugs and other behaviours is a massive international problem. The World Health Organization has stated that 'one in three adults' or 1.2 billion people use tobacco worldwide. By 2025, the number is expected to rise to more than 1.6 billion. Tobacco was estimated to account for 4 million annual deaths by 1998. This is expected to rise to 8.4 million deaths by 2020. Worldwide, there are an estimated 70 million people who have alcohol use disorders, including harmful use and dependence – the majority of whom remain untreated. In addition it has been estimated that 5 million people worldwide inject illicit drugs. There is a high rate of HIV infection among injecting drug users, making it a major public health concern.'

For further information, please contact the conference secretary, Mrs Jan Green, or Professor Martin Plant Special discount rates are available for students.

For further information please contact.
Jane Kelly or Mary Price, Press Officers

Bristol UWE

Tel: 0117 32 82208, Fax 0117 32 82341

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