Goal

Alcohol, drugs and other addictive consumptions generate a broad range of harms affecting individuals, families and communities. How the concept of “addiction” is understood plays an important role in understanding what is going on and in designing remedies. My interests here are in furthering our understanding of what this concept means, how it is interpreted and how we speak about it.

Publications

BOOKS
FRAGMENTED INTIMACY: ADDICTION IN A SOCIAL WORLD (New York: Springer, 2008)

This book transcends familiar concepts of addiction by focusing not on people affected in isolation but in terms of the social contexts that they inhabit.  It examines in depth how an addictive relationship disrupts social identity, becoming dominant in a person’s life and leading thereby to a weakening of connections to family, friends, workplace, and community. It outlines how ending such addictive relationships requires the long-term re-engagement with multiple and reciprocating relationships. It outlines how a social approach could be applied in both service and community settings. Read more

MORAL JEOPARDY: RISKS OF ACCEPTING MONEY FROM THE ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, AND GAMBLING INDUSTRIES (Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, 2016, 282 pages)

Tobacco, alcohol and gambling corporations have been highly effective in stalling, diverting and blocking public health measures. This book provides an original and engaging exposé of the ethical issues faced by people and organizations when they accept industry money in ways that facilitate corporate influence with the public and with policy makers. It starts with a detailed examination of the risks of accepting such profits and what might be done to reduce them, then moves on to introduce the concept of a continuum of ‘moral jeopardy’ which shifts the emphasis from accept/not accept binaries to a focus on the extent to which people are willing to accept funding. This shift encourages people to think and speak more about the risks and to develop clearer positions for themselves. The content will be helpful to those working in government agencies, addiction services, community organizations or anyone interested in reducing the harms of addictive consumption. Read more

ALL COMMODITIES
  • [ARTICLE] Adams, P.J. & Livingstone, C. (2015) Addiction surplus: The add-on margin that makes addictive consumptions difficult to contain. International Journal of Drug Policy, 26(1) 107-111. Read more
  • [ARTICLE] Adams, P.J. (2013) Addiction industry studies: Understanding how proconsumption influences block effective interventions. American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 103, No. 4, pp. e35-e38. Read more
  • [ARTICLE] Adams, P.J., Buetow, S., Rossen, F. (2010) Vested interests in addiction research and policy: Poisonous partnerships: health sector buy-in to arrangements with government and addictive consumption industries, Addiction, 105, (4), 585-590. [Accompanied with one invited comment]  Read more
  • [ARTICLE] Adams, P. J. (2007). Assessing whether to receive funding support from tobacco, alcohol, gambling and other dangerous consumption industries. Addiction, 102(7), 1027–1033. [Accompanied by 5 invited commentaries and my response]. Read more
  • [ARTICLE] Adams, P. J. (2007). Trusting researchers to police themselves? Addiction, 102(7), 1039–1040. [Reply to 5 commentaries on paper in same issue]. Read more
ALCOHOL
  • [COMMENTARY] Adams, P.J. & Livingstone, C. (2016)  Commentary on INEBRIA’s Position Statement on the Alcohol Industry. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs77(4), 540-541 Read More
GAMBLING
  • [ARTICLE] Livingstone, C., Adams, P.J., Cassidy, R., Markham, F., Reith, G., Rintoul, A., Dow Schull, N., Woolley, R. & Young, M. 2018 On gambling research, social science and the consequences of commercial gambling. International Gambling Studies 18:1, 56-68. Read more
  • [ARTICLE] Livingstone, C, & Adams, P.J. (2016) Clear principles are needed for integrity in gambling research. Addiction, 111(1) 5-10.
  • [COMMENTARY] Livingstone, C, & Adams, P.J. (2016) Response to commentaries – Clear principles for gambling research. Addiction, 111(1) 16-17.
  • [ARTICLE] Adams, P. J. & Rossen F. (2012). A Tale of Missed Opportunities: Pursuit of a Public Health Approach to Gambling in New Zealand. Addiction 107(6), 1051-1056. Read more
  • [CHAPTER] Adams, P.J. (2012) Should Addiction Researchers Accept Funding Derived from the Profits of Addictive Consumptions? In A. Chapman (Ed.) Genetic Research on Addiction: Ethics, the Law and Public Health, Cambridge: Cambridge University, 122-138.  Read more
  •  [ARTICLE] Adams, P.J., Raeburn, J. & De Silva, K. (2009) A question of balance: Prioritizing public health responses to harm from gambling. Addiction, 104, 688-691. [Accompanied by invited commentaries and author response]. Read more
  • [BOOK] Adams, P. J. Gambling, Freedom and Democracy. New York: Routledge New York [Sole-authored, original book; Volume 53 of Routledge Series on Studies in Social and Political Thought, 226 pages]. Read more

Media

  • [OP-ED] Peter Adams, Don’t confuse mental health with addiction. NZ Herald, March 12, 2018. (Comment in the lead up to the national Mental Health Inquiry. Link
  • [VIDEO] Peter Adams, Swimming upstream until it hurts. Inaugural lecture (on youtube) Link

Involvements

RESEARCH
  • An assistant editor for the journal Addiction from 2006 on.
  • Associate director of the Centre for Addiction Research at the University of Auckland, from 2014 on. Link
TEACHING
  • To be developed
OTHER
  • To be developed

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