Alcoholism, Stigma, and Disability Symposium

13-14 September 2018
35 Berkeley Square, University of Bristol

Thank you to all the presenters, chairs, and volunteers, who helped to make this event a success. The symposium brought together physicians, policy-makers, academic researchers, and all those interested in understanding more about population health, government regulation, and cultural perceptions of alcoholism.

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.

Download event programme (16 August 2018)
Download speaker leaflet (24 June 018)
 Download event leaflet (23 May 2018)

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.

For Invited Speakers

Invited speakers will be assigned to panels along shared fields of expertise or experience. Each presenter will be allocated 20 minutes to share their findings with the audience followed by Q&A . The presentation room will be equipped with a computer and A/V equipment to permit the use of slideshows (MS PowerPoint). The Symposium will be attended by an interdisciplinary audience.


In cooperation with the University of Bristol. Funded by the Wellcome Trust.