Natasha Clarke

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Natasha is a researcher at University College London and studied for her PhD in the Addiction Group at the University of Liverpool. Her research interests are in the assessment of harm-reduction strategies for alcohol use, particularly in student populations. She enjoys blogging, and writes both opinion and research pieces for her own blog (‘Diary of an Alcohol Researcher’ https://tash13579.wordpress.com/) and the Addiction Group’s blog (http://livuniaddictiongroup.blogspot.co.uk/) whenever she finds the time.

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Parenting factors associated with adolescent alcohol misuse

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Natasha Clarke considers a systematic review and meta-analysis of longitudinal studies, which looks at modifiable parenting factors associated with adolescent alcohol misuse.

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Does parental drinking influence children’s drinking?

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Natasha Clarke helps us understand a recent systematic review of prospective cohort studies, which explores the links between parental alcohol drinking and alcohol consumption in their offspring.

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Pharmacotherapy for anxiety and comorbid alcohol use disorders

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Natasha Clarke summarises a recent Cochrane review of pharmacotherapy for anxiety and comorbid alcohol use disorders, which found only very low quality evidence about the effectiveness of medication (buspirone, paroxetine, sertraline) for treating patients with both conditions.

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Varenicline and the risk of neuropsychiatric adverse events and death

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Natasha Clarke publishes her debut Mental Elf blog about a new systematic review and meta-analysis investigating the risk of neuropsychiatric adverse events associated with the smoking cessation drug varenicline.

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