Alcohol Policy – Mostly Tosh?

Back in 2015, Robin Davidson a renowned clinical psychologist suggested; the notion that Government policy on alcohol was likely, in many ways, most likely to be mostly a myth. If he is indeed correct, it then follows that much of the direction and methods currently used in addiction recovery treatment could also possibly be flawed.

Davidson’s argument, aimed at government, civil servants and politicians, offered a myriad of scientific theoretical reasons why this was the case. He highlighted how the attainment of power can and does present psychological changes in people. How as humans, we are all susceptible to truly believing what we actually want to believe, irrespective of facts. He also quoted a high-ranking civil servant who admitted to the well-known fact; statistics can always be dressed up and manipulated to ‘evidence’ whatever it is we are trying to prove.

So, if these factors are as prevalent as he suggests within our political leadership, they’re probably evident to some degree in all leaders. Should it then not also automatically follow; the ‘evidence base’ used within treatment services – to ‘effectively’ support addiction recovery – could also probably be suspect?

Note: Professor Robin Davidson has been a Consultant Clinical Psychologist for more years than he cares to remember. He worked in the Leeds Addiction Service before moving to Northern Ireland as Head of Clinical Psychology for the Northern Health Board. He has published widely in the field of alcohol dependence, motivation and health psychology and has editorial responsibilities for a number of addiction journals. (Film Exchange on Alcohol & Drugs)


#PTSD and #Alcohol Series (Part 6) – The Social Issues

Continuing on my mini-series topic about a possible correlation between alcohol and PTSD; a pertinent TED Talk (see below) connected with the issue has recently been released. It doesn’t cover the specifics of this series but it does provide some background into reasons why so many veterans are apparently suffering with PTSD and consequently (historically), often choose to ‘self-medicate’ with alcohol.

The content of the talk explores the suggestion that perhaps, military personnel aren’t necessarily ‘traumatized’ by their active service per se, more that their resulting mental health problems stem from issues surrounding their homecoming.

Sebastian Junger (born January 17, 1962) is an American journalist, most famous for the best-selling book The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea (1997), his award-winning chronicle of the war in Afghanistan in the documentary films Restrepo (2010), Korengal (2014), War (2010) and his latest Tribe (On homecoming and belonging).

His latest book is about why tribal sentiment is such a rare and precious thing in modern society, and how the lack of it has affected us all. It’s about what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty and belonging and the eternal human quest for meaning. It’s about why—for many people—war feels better than peace and hardship can turn out to be a great blessing and disasters are sometimes remembered more fondly than weddings or tropical vacations. Humans don’t mind duress, in fact they thrive on it. What they mind is not feeling necessary.

#Police and #SocialMedia

I came across the following at the BSC Policing Network and thought it worthy of distribution. The article argues for the undoubted value of social media in police context however; to do the thing ‘correctly’ requires a little more than simply diving in!

Police use of social media: Empirical research is necessary –