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The headline of an article in the Times 1st January 2019 featuring comments by Ian Hamilton senior lecturer in mental health in the Department of Health Sciences, University of York. Ian is an OS – Pegg House, leaving College in 1983 after completing his A levels.

He was subsequently interviewed on BBC Look North on January 3rd in connection with Dry January.  If you missed the broadcast you can read:  Dry January: a convenient distraction for the alcohol industry

Ian trained and worked as a mental health nurse in South London, working with people who had a severe mental health problem and used drugs or alcohol problematically. He joined the Department at York in 2004 as a lecturer with an interest in the relationship between substance use and mental health (Dual Diagnosis).

He has published in many journals and his recent papers include:

Middle class cocaine users are Sajid Javid’s scapegoat for ineffective drugs policy

Huge rise in number of middle-aged cannabis smokers seeking treatment

Britain’s drinking habits revealed – new figures

Click and read on The Conversation.com