Welcome to Lewes Skeptics in the Pub
What is Skeptics in the Pub?
Skeptics in the Pub (SitP) is a monthly event where people can meet and discuss science, skepticism, rationalism and critical thinking. At each event a speaker is invited to present a topic of interest, which is followed by a discussion in a relaxed and friendly pub atmosphere. There are now about 50 towns and cities throughout the UK & Ireland hosting Skeptics in the Pub events.
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Entry to the talks will cost £3 payable on the door (if unsold seats available) or by advance ticket. Tickets for each event will become available soon after the preceding event and can be purchased from behind the bar at the Elephant & Castle, Lewes. Tickets can also be obtained online at http://lewesskeptics.eventbrite.com but with an additional admin fee of 73p per ticket.
Please note: Events at the Elephant & Castle take place in an upstairs room and unfortunately there is no wheelchair access.
Its causes, consequences and treatment
Wednesday, January 8 2014 at 8:00PM
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What's the talk about?
Jim Orford trained in clinical psychology and obtained his PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry in London before moving to a joint University/Health Service post in Exeter and subsequently to the University of Birmingham where he is now Emeritus Professor of Clinical and Community Psychology in the School of Psychology. He has researched and written extensively about alcohol, drug and gambling problems and particularly about their impact on the family. His best-known work is Excessive Appetites: A Psychological View of Addictions (Wiley, second edition, 2001). His recent published works include: An Unsafe Bet? The Dangerous Rise of Gambling and the Debate We Should Be Having (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011); Addiction Dilemmas: Family Experiences in Literature and Research and their Lessons for Practice (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012); and Power, Powerlessness and Addiction (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Jim and his wife Judith have recently moved to Brighton to be near their son and partner and their grandson.
Jim will give a talk entitled, 'The mystery of addiction: its causes, consequences and treatment'. In an attempt to understand something as baffling as addiction, his talk will range over diverse forms of addiction (to tobacco, heroin, gambling and the Internet, for example), and varied times and places (laudanum addiction in early 19th century England and alcohol addiction amongst indigenous Australian people, for example). Questions will be raised about the nature of addiction itself (for example, is it a bad habit, brain disease, or just a myth?), who is responsible for it (the person addicted, the suppliers, the structure of society, all of us?), how family members, friends and colleagues should react to it (try to control it, condone it, ignore it?), and what constitutes good treatment for it.