Professor Betsy Thom is a social scientist with a particular interest in policy and the policy process in the alcohol and drug field. She was interviewed by Professor Virginia Berridge on 23 April 2018 at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Highlights of the interview include Betsy talking about:

  • her early work on the topic of women and alcohol
  • supporting workforce development by developing a Diploma in drug and alcohol studies and later a distance-learning Master’s degree
  • taking on editorship of Drugs Education Prevention and Policy: DEPP
  • tensions in the field over evidence-based policy
  • her concerns about ‘professional bullying’ over relationships with the alcohol industry