The Addiction Research Group

Department of Psychological Sciences, The University of Liverpool

The Addiction Research group includes Psychologists and Epidemiologists who conduct research on problem drinking, smoking, cannabis use, use of screens, how these behaviours co-occur with mental health problems and the best ways to intervene.

As a group we are internationally recognised for laboratory research on the psychological processes relating to addictive behaviour, for work around the social influences of these behaviours and we are developing and evaluating novel ‘e-Health’ interventions using methods of co-design.

The key research areas for the Addiction group are:

1.     Experimental investigations of the cognitive and social processes involved in addiction

Understanding which cognitive (e.g., craving), physiological (e.g., hormones), social (e.g., drinking norms) and environmental (e.g., glass labels) factors underpin addiction. To find out more information click here.

2.     Observational research about social influences on addiction

How alcohol use differs across occupational groups (e.g., the Police, Armed Forces), why addictive behaviours are changing in young people, and the stigma of substance use. To find out more information click here.

3.     Advanced methods to measure addictive behaviours

Identifying the best ways to measure alcohol and substance use, such as ecological momentary assessments (i.e. real time assessments in the natural environment). Using novel analysis techniques to assess addictive behaviours in existing datasets. To find out more information click here.

4.     Comorbidity with mental health

Understanding why and how problematic alcohol and substance use are more likely in individuals with a mental health problem. Identifying the risk factors for comorbidity as potential targets for intervention. To find out more information click here.

5.     Interventions for addiction

Development of electronic health interventions for problematic alcohol use, including computerised inhibitory control training and a tailored alcohol app for the UK Armed Forces. To find out more information click here.

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