Our congratulations go out to Castle Craig’s Medical Director, Professor Jonathan Chick, who has received the Max Glatt Award from the Medical Council on Alcohol (MCA).
This year’s MCA Symposium took place on the 16th November at the Royal College of Surgeons in London. The theme of the conference was ‘Alcohol and health harm; what can doctors, nurses and other professionals do?’. It focused on the ways in which health professionals from different disciplines, sectors and specialities can act to reduce these harms.
Professor Jonathan Chick held this year’s Max Glatt memorial lecture. This is an honour as the Medical Council on Alcohol selects someone “who has been working tirelessly in the field of addiction to present a memorial lecture and be awarded the Max Glatt medal.”
Jonathan received the award from Professor Colin Drummond, who outlined Jonathan’s contribution to the field of treatment, research and education, and described him as a national treasure.
In his lecture, Professor Chick discussed how the medical professionals’ view of alcohol problems shapes the help they offer. He presented the results of several research papers and highlighted the importance of social relationships and self-help support-groups for a sustained recovery for people struggling with alcohol and drug addiction.
He explained the findings of different studies that showed that community-based Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) groups is the treatment that gives the longest lasting results: Patients who attended AA on a weekly or more frequent basis after treatment reported greater reductions in alcohol consumption and more abstinent days.
Read his full lecture here.
Who was Max Glatt?
Max Glatt was born in a Jewish family in Berlin in 1912. He grew up to become a renowned psychiatrist and a pioneer in the treatment and rehabilitation of alcoholics and drug addicts. He was among the first psychiatrists to recognise alcohol addiction as a disease.
In 1952, he set up the first NHS unit for the treatment of alcoholism at Warlingham Park Hospital in Croydon, which then became a prototype for similar health service units. In 1962 he set up a unit for the treatment of both alcoholism and drug addiction at St Bernards Hospital, in Ealing. He went on to become a leading figure in developing treatment and rehabilitation services for alcoholics and drug addicts. He died in 2002 at the age of 90.