Understanding alcohol dependence

Posted on: Wednesday, 04 April 2012

Turning Point will host a seminar on alcohol dependence on April 12.

Titled ‘Recent developments in the approach to Alcohol Dependence’, the seminar will be presented by Wm van de Brink from the University of Amsterdam.

The management of alcohol addiction has progressed through a number of “revolutions”. This presentation will provide insights into the second and third revolutions highlighting the context of the burden of disease and the need for treatment, the treatment gap and the need for additional treatment goals such as reduced drinking (second revolution) and the idea of as-needed use of medication supporting the responsibility and the empowerment of the patient and the change in the patient-therapist relation (third revolution).

Wim van den Brink is Professor of Psychiatry and Addiction at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam (AMCUvA) and also holds the position of Director of the Amsterdam Institute for Addiction Research (AIAR). His research aims to uncover the neurobiological processes involved in the development of addictive behaviours and the effects of neurobiological interventions to prevent relapse.

He chaired the working groups that developed multidisciplinary guidelines for the treatment of alcohol dependence (2009) and opioid dependence (2011) in The Netherlands. Co-founder and president of the European Association of Substance Abuse Research, he currently chairs the International Collaboration of ADHD and Substance Abuse and recently accepted the position as chair of the Scientific Program Committee of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) 2012-2014.

He is a (co)author of over 300 peer-reviewed scientific publications. Dr. Wim van den Brink is editor of European Addiction Research, associate editor of Drug and Alcohol Dependence and a member of the editorial board of Addiction, Addiction Biology, Current Drug Abuse Reviews, International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, Mind and Brain, and Sucht.

The seminar will be held at Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre, 54-62 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, on Thursday April 12 at 1pm.

Entry is free. Bookings essential: 8413 8413 or info@turningpoint.org.au