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Other Southampton events

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the Drugs of Abuse

Ground-floor, step-free access.
Past event - 2018
15 May Doors open 19:00; Event 19:30-21:30
Mettricks Guildhall, 1 Guildhall Place/157 Park Walk,
Southampton SO14 7DU
Sold Out!
Substances of abuse are dangerous, but can they also be useful in medicine? Come along to find out why and how we become addicted and whether we could and should use some of the substances of abuse to treat the most prevalent mental health conditions. Please note this event was formerly advertised to take place in the Tramstop Bar and Kitchen - this has closed down. The event now takes place in Mettricks Guildhall.

Won’t Stop or Can’t Stop?

Carl Buckfield (PhD student in Psychology )
Lucy Dorey (PhD student in Health Sciences)
What’s the science behind addiction? Is it a choice or a compulsion? A matter of won’t or can’t stop?
What happens when someone is admitted to hospital due to alcohol? Does it stop them drinking in the future? How can the urge to drink be more powerful than our self-preservation instinct?
Carl Buckfield and Lucy Dorey will be talking about how alcohol addiction affects our brains and discussing some of their active research in further understanding addiction.
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“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds": is there a different truth for illegal drugs.

Prof Vincent O’Connor (Professor of Neurochemistry )
Most psychoactive drugs hijack natural signalling pathways of the brain and modify our behaviour. The potent actions of several drugs means they are used recreationally or medically and in some cases for both. Access to drugs is controlled by license or prescription to provide societal control. Consider how you buy a pint of alcohol in the pub relative to how you might go about procuring heroin. The popular reputation that drugs enjoy are subject to wider cultural debate and this may impact on the willingness of legislators to consider their medical use. This includes known drugs that via the
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