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Professor Robert West: What good is the label 'addiction'?

Date: 9 May 2018
Time: 17:00 - 19:00
Location:

Southwark Campus - VG06, K2 Building

Organiser: Centre for Addictive Behaviours Research, School of Applied Sciences
Contact details: 020 7815 7815, events@lsbu.ac.uk
Price: Free
Attendees at a Lecture in LSBU Events Theatre

A discussion of how the label 'addiction' has a long history but widely varying definitions and increasingly it is being used about behaviours which go far beyond its original usage

We use labels when we want to refer to something that benefits from being classified in a certain way. The label 'addiction' has a long history but widely varying definitions and increasingly it is being used about behaviours such as sugar consumption, sexual activity, and internet use which go far beyond its original usage.

This talk, by Professor Robert West from University College London, will consider what the term has given us in terms of tackling problems such as illicit drug use, smoking and alcohol consumption that cost millions of lives each year, and consider the costs and benefits of expansion in the scope of the term. He will argue that it is unhelpful to label all impulse control or appetitive behavioural problems as addictions even though parallels with addiction exist.

You are not required to register for this event. We hope to see you there!

 
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