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Upcoming Witness Seminar: 50 Years of the MCA and Alcohol Treatment

Updated: Aug 29, 2023


To mark the 50th anniversary of the MCA, we are holding a Witness Seminar at BMA House, London on 14th November 2017. This will be a unique event in the history of alcohol and health.

The MCA was founded in 1967 by a group of doctors from a range of specialties, to improve the management of patients with alcohol related harm. There have been many changes during the last 50 years, ranging from the way the relationship between alcohol and health is conceived to the policy context in which alcohol treatment takes place.  The aim of this event is to capture this evolution, with the testimony of some of the early members of the MCA and others involved in the alcohol and health field over the last 50 years. 

The format of the event will be a brief introduction by the Chair, Professor Virginia Berridge, followed by a short testimony by each of the four witnesses on the panel, Dr Allan Thomson, Dr Bruce Ritson, Dr Brian Hore and Professor Colin Drummond. The discussion will then be thrown open and there will be the opportunity for members of the audience to participate. Three key themes have been identified – treatment provision, education of health professionals and alcohol policy, all of which have a research element running through them – but there is scope of course to address others as they come up. The event will be recorded and transcribed and written up for publication.

The schedule is as follows:

  1. 1.30 Tea and Coffee

  2. 2.00 Welcome and Introductions

  3. 2.10 Panel introductory comments

  4. 2.30 Open discussion with invited audience members

  5. 3.50 Final comments & Close

We hope you will be able to attend this event. The cost to attend is £20 per person.  To book please contact the MCA office at or tel: 020 7487 4445 by 20 October 2017.


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