Ian Hamilton


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Lecturer and researcher at the University of York, with an interest in addiction and mental health.

Does Dry January do more harm than good?

"I've not got a clue who she is - but she's a snob." This is how Dan Ware, whose St George's flag-bedecked house in Strood, Kent, was notoriously photographed by Emily Thornberry, described the then shadow attorney general in November 2014.

Cannabis may be getting stronger and it could be affecting user's mental health

Scientists have warned cannabis is getting stronger and could be increasing user's risk of developing mental health problems. Cannabis is the most widely used illegal drug in the world, with 147million people using it annually. But scientists are warning that we currently have no way of knowing how strong each strain of the herb is - which could be posing a potential health risk.

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Cannabis is 'more likely to trigger psychosis in men than in women'

Gender difference between cannabis use and psychotic episodes explored Study: Male users are four times more likely to suffer illness than females Twice as many men as women are known to regularly use marijuana Investigation has implications for potential gender-specific treatments Smoking cannabis is more dangerous for men, scientists have discovered.

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Should the UK legalise cannabis?

Ian Hamilton is a mental health lecturer at the University of York Dr Mark Monaghan is a social policy lecturer at Loughborough University The government producing marijuana would allow it to control its strength - taking it out of the hands of organised crime and reducing health risks It has been linked to schizophrenia and some say it is a gateway to harder drugs.

Could campaigns like Dry January do more harm than good?

Lack of evidence that such campaigns work and don't have unintended consequences, concerns Ian Hamilton . But Ian Gilmore thinks they are likely to help people at least reflect on their drinking Two questions should be asked of any public health message about alcohol: is it evidence based and who is the target audience?