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Professor Colin Drummond  MD FRCPsych
Professor of Addiction Psychiatry

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I was appointed in 2007 as Professor of Addiction Psychiatry and Consultant Psychiatrist at the National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Before that I was Professor and Head of the academic Section of Addictive Behaviour at St George’s, University of London where I worked from 1993 to 2007. Previously I was Lecturer and later Senior Lecturer in Addiction Behaviour at the Medical Research Council Addiction Research Unit at the Institute of Psychiatry from 1987 to 1993. My MD was on the subject of alcohol and public health which included the development and validation of the Alcohol Problems Questionnaire. I am principal investigator on several research grants from the Department of Health, the Medical Research Council and the European Commission, including the DH funded national alcohol needs assessment project and a national research programme on alcohol screening and brief intervention, also funded by DH. Editorial appointments include the journals Addiction, British Journal of Psychiatry, Advances in Psychiatric Treatment. Published papers and books on a wide range of topics including epidemiology, clinical trials, drug and alcohol policy, and theories of craving. I provided advice to government on alcohol and drug misuse strategy. I was a member of the Models of Care working group which produced national frameworks for drug and alcohol services in England. I am a member of the Faculty of Addictions of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and previously served as the Academic Secretary. I am also the director of the Specialist Clinical Addiction Network based at the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse and convenor of the Treatment of Addiction Research Group of the UK Mental Health Research Network. I am a member of the WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence and Alcohol Problems, and Chair of the NICE guideline development group on management of harmful alcohol use and alcohol dependence.


Peer reviewed papers from 2000-2009

• Lowman, C., Hunt, W.A., Litten, R.Z. & Drummond, D.C. (2000) Research perspectives on alcohol craving: an overview. Addiction, Supplement 2, S45-S54.

• Drummond, D.C., Lowman, C., Hunt, W.A. & Litten, R.Z. (2000) Craving research: future directions. Addiction, 95, Supplement 2, S247-S255.

• Drummond, D.C. (2000) What does cue reactivity have to offer craving research? Addiction, 95, Supplement 2, S129-S144.

• Drummond, D.C., Lowman, C., Litten, R.Z. & Hunt, W.A. (2000) Research perspectives on alcohol craving. Addiction, 95, Supplement 2, S45-S265.

• Drummond, D.C. (2000) UK government announces first major relaxation in the alcohol licensing laws for nearly a century: Drinking in the UK goes 24-7. Addiction, 97(7), 997-998.

• Drummond, D.C. (2000) Missing from the drugs field yet central for alcohol: the brief interventions conundrum. Drug and Alcohol Findings, 3, 21-22.

• Drummond, D.C. (2001) Theories of drug craving, ancient and modern. Addiction, 96, 33-46.

• Chick, J., Anton, R., Checinski, K., Croop, R., Drummond, D.C., Farmer, R., Labriola, D., Marshall, J., Moncrieff, J., Morgan, M.Y., Peters, T. & Ritson, B. (2001) A multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of naltrexone in the treatment of alcohol dependence. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 35 (6), 597-593.

• Greenfield, A. & Drummond, D.C. (2001) Alcohol and the immune system. Alcoholism, 20(3), 1-2.

• Drummond, D.C. (2001) Naltrexone in the treatment of alcohol dependence: What clinicians need to know. Addiction, 96(12), 1857-1859.

• Drummond, D.C. (2002) Cannabis control: costs outweigh the benefits. The case against. British Medical Journal, 324(7329), 107-108.

• Drummond, D.C. (2002) Pharmacological approaches to the treatment of excessive drinking and alcohol dependence. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 2(1), 125-131.

• Drummond, D.C. & Phillips, T. (2002) Alcohol urges in alcohol dependent drinkers: Further validation of the Alcohol Urge Questionnaire in an untreated community clinical population. Addiction, 97, 1465-1472.

• Drummond, D.C. (2002) Is cue exposure cure exposure? Addiction, 97, 357-360.

• Drummond, D.C. (2002) Meta-analysis in alcohol treatment research: does it help us to know what works? Addiction, 97, 293-299.

• Drummond, D.C. (2002) Models of what? A new era for drug treatment services. Substance Misuse Bulletin, 15, 1-2.

• Barnaby, B., Drummond, D.C., McCloud, A., Omu, N. & Burns, T. (2003) Substance misuse in psychiatric inpatients: comparison of a screening questionnaire survey with case notes. British Medical Journal, 327, 783-784.

• Kouimtsidis, C., Reynolds, M., Hunt, M., Lind, J., Beckett, J., Drummond, D.C. & Ghodse, H. (2003) Substance use in the general hospital. Addictive Behaviours, 28, 483-499.

• Lind J, Kouimtsidis C, Reynolds M, Hunt M, Drummond C and Ghodse A H. (2003) Drug misuse among patients admitted in general hospital. Journal of Substance Use, 8(3), 186-190.

• McCloud, A., Barnaby, B., Omu, N., Drummond, C. & Aboud, A. (2004) The relationship between alcohol misuse and suicidality in a psychiatric population: findings from and inpatient prevalence study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 184, 439-445.

• Crawford MJ, Patton R, Touquet R, Drummond C, Byford S, Barrett B, Reece B, Brown A, Henry JA (2004) Screening and referral for brief intervention of alcohol misusing patients in an Accident and Emergency Department: a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. The Lancet 364, 1334-39.

• Drummond, D.C. (2004) An alcohol strategy for England: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 39(5):377-9.

• Ussher, M., Sampuran, A.K., Doshi, R., West, R. & Drummond, D.C. (2004) Cravings for alcohol are reduced during exercise. Addiction, 99, 1542-1547.

• Sabri, R. & Drummond, C. (2004) Pharmacotherapeutic interventions in alcohol dependence. Psychiatry, 3(1), 40-41.

• Little, H.J., Stephens, D.N., Ripley, T.L., Borlikova, G., Duka, T., Schubert, M., Albrecht, D., Becker, H.C., Lopez, M.F., Weiss, F., Drummond, C., Peoples, M. & Cunningham C. (2005) Alcohol withdrawal and conditioning. Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research, 29(3):453-64.

• Drummond, D.C. (2005) The alcohol industry has a conflict of interest in alcohol research and policy. Addiction, 100(1), 128-129.

• Reynolds, M., Mezey, G., Chapman, M., Wheeler, M., Drummond, C. & Baldacchino, A. (2005) Co-morbid post-traumatic stress disorder in a substance misusing clinical population. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 77(3), 251-258.

• Little, H.J., Stephens, D.N., Ripley, T.L., Borlikova, G., Duka, T., Schubert, M., Albrecht, D., Becker, H.C., Lopez, M.F., Weiss, F., Drummond, C., Peoples, M. & Cunningham, C. (2005) Alcohol withdrawal and conditioning. Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research, 29(3), 453-464.

• Barrett, B., Byford, S., Crawford, M.J., Patton, R., Drummond, C., Henry, J.A. & Touquet, R. (2006) Cost-effectiveness of screening and referral to an alcohol health worker in alcohol misusing patients attending an accident and emergency department: a decision-making approach. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 81(1):47-54.

• Coulton, S., Drummond, D.C., James, D., Godfrey, C., Bland, J.M., Parrott, S., Peters, T. (2006) Opportunistic screening for alcohol use disorders in primary care: comparative study. British Medical Journal, 332(7540):511-7.

• Moncrieff, J., Churchill, R., Drummond, D.C., McGuire, H. (2006) Development of a quality assessment instrument for trials of treatments for depression and neurosis. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 10 (3), 126-133.

• Hellman, M, Anderson, P, Drummond, C & Rosenqvist, P (2007) Special issue on the Alcohol Industry and Alcohol Policy. Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 23 387-517.

• Drummond, D.C. & Chengappa, S. (2007) Alcohol industry and alcohol policy in the United Kingdom. Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 23, 487-498.

• Passetti, F., Jones, G., Chawla, K. & Drummond, D.C. (2008) Pilot study of assertive community treatment methods to engage alcohol dependent individuals. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 43(4), 451-455.

• Coulton, S., Watson, J., Bland, M., Drummond, C., Kaner, E., Godfrey, C., Hassey, A., Morton, V., Parrott, S., Phillips, T., Raistrick, D., Rumball, D. & Tober, G. (2008) The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of opportunistic screening and stepped care interventions for older hazardous alcohol users in primary care (AESOPS) - A randomised control trial protocol. BMC Health Services Research, 8, 129.

• Abou-Saleh, M., Davis, P., Rice, P., Checkinski, K., Drummond, C., Maxwell, D., Godfrey, C., John, C., Corrin, C., Tibbs, C., Oyefeso, A., DeRuiter, M. & Ghodse, H. (2008) The efficacy of enhanced counselling in the primary ?prevention of hepatitis C amongst injecting drug users: a ?randomised controlled trial. Journal of Harm Reduction, 31, 5, 25.

• Cheeta, S., Drummond, C, Oyefeso, A., Phillips, T., Deluca, P., Perryman, K. & Coulton, S. (2008) Low identification of alcohol use disorders in general practice in England. Addiction, 103(5), 766-773.

• Boland, B., Drummond, D.C. & Kaner, E. (2008) Brief interventions for alcohol use disorders. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 14, 469-476.

• Drummond, C., Coulton, S., James, D., Godfrey, C., Rollnick, S., Baxter, J., Ford, D., Lervy, B., Russell, I., Peters, T. (2009) Pilot study of the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of stepped care intervention for alcohol use disorders in primary care. British Journal of Psychiatry, 195, 448-456.

• Anderson, P., Drummond, C., Hellman, M. & Rosenqvist, P (2009) Introduction to the issue: the alcohol industry and alcohol policy. Addiction, 104 Suppl 1, 1-2.

• Coulton, S., Perryman, K., Bland, M., Cassidy, P., Crawford, M., Deluca, P., Drummond, C., Gilvarry, E., Godfrey, C., Heather, N., Kaner, E., Myles, J., Newbury-Birch, D., Oyefeso, A., Parrott, S., Phillips, T., Shenker, D., Shepherd, J. (2009) Screening and brief interventions for hazardous alcohol use in accident and emergency departments: a randomised controlled trial protocol. BMC Health Services Research, 3,9,114.

• Kaner, E., Bland, M., Cassidy, P., Coulton, S., Deluca, P., Drummond, C., Gilvarry, E., Godfrey, C., Heather, N., Myles, J., Newbury-Birch, D., Oyefeso, A., Parrott, S., Perryman, K., Phillips, T., Shenker, D. & Shepherd, J. (2009) Screening and brief interventions for hazardous and harmful alcohol use in primary care: a cluster randomised controlled trial protocol. BMC Public Health, 10, 9, 287.

• Barbosa, C., Taylor, B., Godfrey, C., Rehm, J., Parrott, S. & Drummond, C. (2009) Modelling lifetime QALYs and health care costs from different drinking patterns over time: a modified Markov model. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, in press.

• Newbury-Birch D, Bland M, Cassidy P, Coulton S, Deluca P, Drummond C, Gilvarry E, Godfrey C, Heather N, Kaner E Myles J, Oyefeso A, Parrott S, Perryman K, Phillips T, Shenker D, Shepherd J. (2009) Screening and brief interventions for hazardous and harmful alcohol use in probation services: a cluster randomised controlled trial protocol. BMC Public Health (submitted).

Books, reports, book chapters 2000-2009

• Drummond, D.C. (2000) Treatment services for alcohol use disorders. In Gelder, M. et al. (Eds.) The New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry, Oxford Unviersity Press, Oxford.

• Drummond, D.C. & Fitzpatrick, G. (2000) Children of substance misusing parents. In Reder, P., McClure, M. & Jolley, A. (Eds.) Family Matters: Interfaces Between Child and adult Mental Health. Pp 135-149. Routledge, London.

• Drummond, D.C. (2000) Ethnicity of community alcohol team referrals. In Steel, K.M. & Palmer, C. Improving the Care of People in Substance Misuse Services. Gaskell, Royal College of Psychiatrists, London.

• Tate, A., Ball, D., Chick, J., Cook, C., Cooper, A., Drummond, D.C. et al. (2000) Guidelines for the Management of Alcohol Problems in Primary Care and General Psychiatry. 2nd Edition. UK Alcohol Forum, London.

• Drummond, D.C., James, R. & Barnaby, B. (2001) A study of alcohol-related attendances at the accident and emergency department of St George’s Hospital: a final report to the Wandsworth Drug Action Team. Department of Addictive Behaviour, St George’s Hospital Medical School, London.

• Tate, A., Ball, D., Chick, J., Cook, C., Cooper, A., Drummond, D.C. et al. (2001) Guidelines for the management of alcohol problems in primary care and general psychiatry, 2nd Ed. UK Alcohol Forum, Tangent, High Wycombe.

• Abdulramim, D., Annan, J., Cyster, R., Dale-Perera, A., Drummond, D.C., Ghodse, A.H., Hackland, F., Lavoie, D., Marsden, J., Porter, S. & Strang, J. (2001) Developing an integrated model of care for substance misuse treatment: Promoting quality, efficiency and effectiveness in drug misuse treatment services. Department of Health Models of Care Project. Department of Health, London.

• Abou Saleh, M., Drummond, D.C., Porter, S., Annan, J. & Keating, A. (2001) The Government’s Drug Policy: Is it Working? Report to the Cabinet Office. St George’s Hospital Medical School, London.

• Carnwath, T., Checinski, K., Crome, I., Drummond, C., Fleming, P., Gilvarry, E., Ritson, B & Rumball, D. (2001) Role of consultants with responsibility for substance misuse (addiction psychiatrists). Position statement by the Faculty of Substance Misuse. Council Report CR97. June 2001. Royal College of Psychiatrists, London.

• Abou Saleh, M.T., Checinski, K., Davis, P., Drummond, D.C., Ghodse, A.H., Godfrey, C., Maxwell, D., Oyefeso, A., Porter, S., Rice, P., Tibbs., C. (2003) The efficacy of enhanced prevention counselling in the primary prevention of hepatitis C among injecting drug users: a randomised controlled trial. Final report to the Department of Health. July 2003.

• Drummond, D.C., Phillips, T., Coulton, S., Barnaby, B., Keating, S., Sabri, R. & Moloney, J. (2003) Saturday Night and Sunday Morning: the 2003 twenty-four hour national survey of alcohol-related attendances at accident and emergency departments in England. Final report to the Cabinet Office. September 2003.

• Drummond, D.C., James. D., Coulton, S., Parrot, S., Baxter, J., Ford, D., Godfrey, C., Lervy, B., Peters, T., Russell, I. & Williams, J. (2003) The effectiveness and cost effectiveness of screening and stepped care intervention for alcohol use disorders in the primary care setting. Final Report to The Welsh Office for Research and Development. November 2003.

• Drummond, D.C., Kouimtsidis, C., Reynolds, M., Russell, I., Godfrey, C., McCusker, M., Coulton, S., Parrott, S., Davis, P., Tarrier, N., Turkington, D., Sell, L., Williams, H., Abou-Saleh, M., Ghodse, H., Porter, S. (2004) The effectiveness and cost effectiveness of cognitive behaviour therapy for opiate misusers in methadone maintenance treatment: a multicentre randomised controlled trial (UKCBTMM). Final report to the Department of Health Research and Development Directorate. February 2004.

• Phillips, T., Drummond, D.C., Mora, M.T. & Wolstenholme, A. (2004) Specialist Clinical Addiction Network (SCAN) First National Survey of Addiction Specialists – 2004. SCAN, London.

• Drummond, D.C., Oyefeso, N., Phillips, T., Cheeta, S., DeLuca, P., Winfield, H., Jenner, J., Cobain, K., Galea, S., Saunders, V., Perryman, K., Fuller, T., Pappalardo, D., Baker, O. & Christopolous, A. (2005) Alcohol Needs Assessment Research Project: The 2004 National Alcohol Needs Assessment for England. Department of Health, London.

• Weller, I.V.D., Ashby, D., Brook, R., Chambers, M.G.A., Chick, J.D., Drummond, D.C., Ebmeier, K.P., Gunnell, D.J. et al. (2005) Report of the Committee on Safety of Medicines Expert Working Group on the Safety of Selective Serotonin Uptake Inhibitor Antidepressants. December, 2004. The Stationery Office, London. Pp 222.

• Models of Care for Alcohol Misusers (2005) National Treatment Agency, London.

• Davidson, B., Drummond, C., Miller, H., Land, P. & Kenneth, S. (2005) Prevalence of alcohol use disorders in deaf psychiatric patients. Final report to the Alcohol Education and Research Council. June 2005.

• Crome, I.B., Gerarda, C., Betterton, J., Carnwath, T., Dale-Perera, A., Drummond, C., Finch, E., Ford, C., Gilvarry, E., Harris, L., Murnane, M., Prunty, M., Wallace, P. & Wright, N. (2005) Roles and responsibilities of doctors in the provision of treatment for drug and alcohol misusers. Council Report CR131. Royal College of Psychiatrists and Royal College of General Practitioners. Gaskell, London.

• Oyefeso, A., Jenner, J., Perryman, K. & Drummond, C. (2005) Evaluation of alcohol screening and brief intervention among Drug Intervention Programme clients. Final report to the Home Office.

• Specialist Clinical Addiction Network. (2006) Inpatient treatment for drug and alcohol misusers in the National Health Service. SCAN, London.

• Curran, H.V. & Drummond, D.C. (2006) Psychological treatments for substance misuse and dependence. In Nutt, D.J., Robbins, T.W., Stimson, G.V., Ince, M., Jackson, A. (Eds.) Drugs and the Future: Brain Science, Addiction and Society. Academic Press, London

• Ofori-Adjei, D., Casswell, S., Drummond, D.C. et al. (2007) World Health Organisation Expert Committee on Problems Related to Alcohol Consumption, Second Report. World Health Organisation, Geneva.

• Kouimtsidis, C., Davis, P., Reynolds, M., Drummond, C., Tarrier, N. (2007) Cognitive-behavioural therapy in the treatment of addiction: a treatment planner for clinicians. John Wiley, Chichester.

• Drummond, D.C., Ghodse, H. & Chengappa, S. (2008) The use of investigations in the diagnosis and management of alcohol problems. In Day, E. (Ed) Clinical Topics in Addiction. Pp113-129. Gaskell, London.

• Drummond, DC, Phillips, T & Boland, B (2008) Substance misusing clients with mental health problems: A Brief Practitioner’s Guide for Criminal Justice Integrated Teams. SCAN consensus project 2. Specialist Clinical Addiction Network, London.

• Drummond, C., Deluca, P., Rome, A. et al. (2009). Scottish Alcohol Needs Assessment (SANA). King’s College London.

• Drummond, D.C. (2009) Treatment services for alcohol use disorders. In Gelder, M. et al. (Eds.) The New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry, 2nd Edition, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

last updated: Thursday, June 10, 2010