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.

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), social (e.g., drinking norms) and environmental (e.g., glass size) 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 (hyperlink to ‘sub sub tab 2 under current research projects’).

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 (hyperlink to ‘sub sub tab 3 under current research projects’).

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 (hyperlink to ‘sub sub tab 4 under current research projects’)

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 (hyperlink to ‘sub sub tab 5 under current research projects’).

The group includes the following academic staff: Dr Paul Christiansen (paul.christiansen@liverpool.ac.uk), Dr Richard Cooke (R.Cooke4@liverpool.ac.uk), Dr Suzi Gage (s.gage@liverpool.ac.uk), Dr Laura Goodwin (laura.goodwin@liverpool.ac.uk), Dr Andy Jones (ajj@liverpool.ac.uk) and Dr Abi Rose (abirose@liverpool.ac.uk). Please contact us directly if you have any questions about our work or are interested in collaborating.