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Public Lecture: Alcohol - the good the bad and the ugly!

25 November 2008

The University next month plays host to one of Britain’s leading authorities on alcohol misuse who is to consider how to tackle the binge drinking culture in Wales.

Part of the University’s highly successful Science in Health Lecture series, Professor Ian Gilmore, president of the Royal College of Physicians will visit Cardiff on Thursday 4 December 2008 to deliver his lecture - Alcohol: the good the bad and the ugly!

Professor Gilmore is Chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance, the ground-breaking coalition of 24 organisations set up in 2007, whose mission is to reduce the damage caused to health by alcohol misuse. His lecture will highlight the serious issue of alcoholic liver disease and other effects of alcohol misuse, as well as investigate the true impact of alcohol has on people’s health.

With a special interest in liver disease, Professor Gilmore is a Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist at the Royal University Hospitals and Honorary Professor at the Department of Medicine, University of Liverpool. He has also chaired the working party in 2001 which produced the report Alcohol – can the NHS afford it? A blueprint for a coherent strategy.

The Science in Health Lecture series, run by the University’s Community Engagement Team, commenced six years ago with the aim of opening up areas of concern in healthcare and providing opportunities for the public to hear the very latest in new research into public health. Topics covered to date have included diabetes, leukaemia, Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer.

Attendance at the lecture is free of charge, all are welcome, including senior school pupils interested in a possible career in healthcare, and no booking is necessary.

The lecture begins at 7.30pm in the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre with refreshments available from 7pm in the Viriamu Jones Gallery.

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