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2010 Seminar Series

Speaker: Steven Bell

Title: Title: 'Depression: a cause or consequence of harmful drinking?'

Date & Time: Friday 12 November - 1pm-2pm

Venue: G37 & G38


This work examines the link between alcohol use and depression. Typically, research on alcohol use and depression has concentrated on alcohol use disorders, such as alcohol dependency.  Very little research exists on drinking patterns as risk factors for, or consequences of, depression.  This research aims to explore the relationship between harmful patterns of alcohol consumption (such as ‘binge’ drinking) and depression longitudinally - taking into account both directions of causality.  It will also explore potential mediating and effect modification variables in the context of these relationships.  The main purpose of this work is to finally compare two competing models of causation to conclude which “best fits” - i.e. whether harmful patterns of alcohol use cause depression or whether depression leads to harmful patterns of alcohol consumption, or both.

Steven completed a BSc in Psychology with Clinical and Health Psychology at Bangor University and an MSc in Clinical and Public Health Aspects of Addiction at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.  He joined the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London in 2009 to undertake a full- time ESRC funded PhD using Whitehall II and HAPIEE data under the supervision of Dr Annie Britton and Professor Martin Bobak.

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