I am a 4th year medical student at Queen’s University Belfast, who recently completed a BSc in Neuroscience and Mental Health at Imperial College London. To further my interest in psychiatry, my BSc project investigated the effect and management of alcohol use in patients on Opiate Substitution Therapy (OST). The widespread effects of the COVID-19 pandemic presented urgent research questions relating to patients on OST, which myself and other members of the department spent the summer investigating. I am grateful to have been invited to present key findings from this research at The Society for the Study of Addiction’s annual conference. I hope in the future to finish my medical training and pursue a career in the field of neuroscience and psychiatry, both as a clinician and researcher.