The Society was founded as the Society for the Study and Cure of Inebriety in 1884, and is the oldest organisation of its type in the United Kingdom. The website allows you to explore the history of the Society and its members, and doing so will bring to life many of the debates that have surrounded the issue of addiction over the past 130 years. The mission of the Society is to broaden and promote the scientific understanding of addiction, and we particularly aim to help clinicians and policy makers get research evidence into practice.
Our aim is to add to and promote the scientific understanding of addiction and problems related to it.
Our objective is to advocate the use of the evidence-base in policy and practice.
To support the human capital of addiction researchers and practitioners.
To preserve the integrity and quality of innovation in the addictions field.
To harness and communicate the evidence base to inform policy and practice.
To identify and address the problems of individuals and populations of special vulnerability and liability to harm.
Dr Iain Smith
1994: Harold Kalant
1995: Jorge Mardones
1996: Max Glatt
1996: Joy Moser
1997: Thomas Bewley
1997: Jerome Jaffe
1998: Malcolm Lader
1998: Ting Kai Li
1999: Robert Kendell
1999: Lee Robins
1999: Michael Russell
2000: Thomas F Babor
2000: Harold Holder
2000: Thomas McLellan
2000: Max Glatt (Distinguished Fellowship)
2001: George Vaillant
2004: Dr Jonathan Chick
2004: Ms Pat Davis
2004: Professor Masaomi Iyo
2005: Griffith Edwards (Distinguished Fellowship)
2005: Dr Kathy Carroll
2006: Professor Jim Orford
2008: Virginia Berridge
2009: Professor Christine Godfrey
The Society for the Study of Addiction (the Society) is established for charitable purposes and is constituted as a company limited by guarantee governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association, last amended in November 2023.
Most of the trustees of the Society (the Board) are elected by the membership and their role is to provide scientific, business and financial direction to the charitable company, in accordance with the following role description.
– The Board shall have not less than three nor more than 15 members., with the Board having the power to co-opt additional trustees with the same powers as elected members, provided that at the time of co-option no more than one-third of the trustees are co-opted. Trustees elected from amongst the members serve until the declaration of the result of the elections held in the third year following the elections at which they were elected. A co-opted trustee must retire on the third anniversary of his or her appointment.
– Training in aspects of good governance is given to trustees as appropriate and an induction process is carried out for all new trustees.
– The Officers of the Board consist of the President, Vice President, Chair of Governance and the Treasurer together with other officers as deemed necessary by the Board. A Governance committee consisting of several trustees has been set up to aid and direct the Board in all aspects of governance and specifically to ensure that the Board adopts and follows recommended practice for smaller charities given in the “Charity Governance Code”. Other committees and panels exist to monitor the Society’s finances, strategic plans and its academic schemes, journals and other publications. A Chief Officer is appointed by the trustees to manage the day-to-day operations of the Society. The editors of the Society’s journals are appointed by the trustees.
Our trustees have a duty to serve the aims of the Society impartially, declaring any potential conflict of interest, and withdrawing from any related decision-making process.
The Board believe that research should be ethical at all times and that any relationships (financial or otherwise) between students, researchers or trustees and industry (either directly or via any industry-supported research body or advisory committee or board) is a potential conflict of interest depending on the precise nature of the relationship. Such relationships (prior or existing) should therefore be declared in all applications so that the Board can assess whether the conflict would unduly influence the application.
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Please see the Articles of Association for the Society for the Study of Addiction.