About the webinar

When: 1pm - 26th March

Where: Online

Co-Chair's and Speakers

Dr Ranjita Dhital, Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, University of Reading

Dr Louise Younie, General Practitioner and Clinical Senior Lecturer, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry


Alcohol is a leading risk factor for death and disability worldwide. Drinking too much alcohol leads to health and social problems. During the COVID-19 pandemic, alcohol use has increased, particularly affecting those with long-term health conditions. Though most people drink within low-risk levels, about a quarter of drinkers are thought to consume alcohol in ways that are harmful or hazardous to their health, and often experience physical and psychological harm.

Unfortunately, alcohol use remains a hidden problem and people are often reluctant to discuss their concerns with others or seek to help. This interactive webinar will explore the current challenges around COVID-19, alcohol intake and how the arts might develop conversations, curiosity and compassion. We will share examples of practitioner and student creative enquiry and invite participants to engage experientially with simple arts-based exercises.


Dr Ranjita Dhital, Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, University of Reading

Ranjita is a Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Reading and has practised as an addiction-specialist pharmacist, community pharmacist and worked in public health. Ranjita leads the Health and Arts Research Initiative HARI and is also a sculptor. Her research involves investigating how the arts can be applied to reduce alcohol problems in low- and high-resource settings, and health architecture – co-designing engaging health spaces. Ranjita is the Deputy Chair of the Royal Society for Public Health Arts Health and Wellbeing Special Interest Group.

Twitter @RanjitaDhital

Dr Louise Younie, General Practitioner and Clinical Senior Lecturer, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Louise is involved in Faculty Development and Innovation within Community Based Medical Education. In COVID times she has been working co-creatively with students, tutors and faculty to support human flourishing through creative enquiry.

Louise has extensive experience with creative enquiry methodologies in medical education, is trustee for Arts and Health South West and in the steering group of the Arts for Health SIG at the RSPH. She presents and runs workshops in the field of creative enquiry both nationally and internationally. You can find out more about her work at www.creativeenquiry.qmul.ac.uk

Twitter @LouiseYounie

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