Alcoholism is not only a contemporary concern, but one with a long, complex history. Described at different times as inebriation or dipsomania, alcoholism was fiercely debated by temperance groups and politicians, as well as shaped by laws, medical practices, and ideas of health. Alcoholism has also been subject to social stigmas, which have affected reporting and treatment. Moreover, disability linked to alcoholism, whether mental or physical, has added further complexity to understanding people’s relationship with intoxicating beverages.
By exploring the intersection of alcoholism, stigma, and disability, this interdisciplinary symposium will contribute to understandings of the past and speak to present concerns over population health, regulation, and cultural perceptions. The papers and ensuing conversation will help to refine the direction of research on this important topic and contribute to an agenda for future activities. It will also contribute to best-practice initiatives for front-line staff. Selected presenters will be invited to contribute to a collected academic volume.
This free event is for physicians, policy-makers, researchers, and all those interested in understanding more about population health, government regulation, and cultural perceptions of alcoholism.
Workshop organizer: Dr Stephen E. Mawdsley, University of Bristol