Abi is a Lecturer in the Psychology department at the University of Liverpool, and a member of the Addiction research team. Her research focuses on identifying the mechanisms underlying hazardous drinking, and she conducts both clinical trials and laboratory-based research to identify pathways into and out of alcohol use disorders. She is also responsible for the research team’s ‘bar-lab’ which is used to investigate environmental factors on our drinking behaviour. She has recently become involved in blogging and tweeting to help raise awareness and understanding of addiction issues.
Abi Rose summarises a recent cohort study, which concludes that the smoking cessation drug varenicline is not associated with increased risk of suicidal or criminal behaviour, and association with psychiatric disorders are likely due to other factors.[read the full story...]
There is a high rate of co-morbidity between depression and smoking; rates of smoking are approximately double in those with depression compared with the general population. In addition, smokers with depression tend to have higher rates of nicotine dependence, suffer greater negative affect during abstinence/withdrawal, are more likely to fail in quit attempts, and are [read the full story…]
In those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), alcohol abuse or dependence is the most common co-morbid disorder. Unfortunately, although individuals with PTSD and alcohol dependence (AD) often have complex needs, the treatments available usually only target one issue. This is often due to specialist treatment services not having access to treatments for comorbid disorders, and [read the full story…]
The potential dangers of illegal drug use are never far from the media spotlight, and drug use during pregnancy may be associated with particular health problems both for the Mother and baby. Drug use during pregnancy has been linked with a number of negative outcomes, for example, cocaine use has been linked with an increased [read the full story…]