30th Anniversary of Alcohol and Alcoholism

  1. Allan D. Thomson1,2 and
  2. E. Jane Marshall2,3,*
  1. 1Molecular Psychiatry Laboratory, Rockefeller Building, University College London, London, UK
  2. 2Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, 4 Windsor Walk, London SE5 8AF, UK
  3. 3South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. *Corresponding author: E-mail: jane.marshall{at}slam.nhs.uk

The first author, ADT, was the Founding Editor when Alcohol and Alcoholism was launched 30 years ago with the help of my able colleagues, Deputy Editor Dr Spencer Madden and Assistant Editor Dr Abdulla Badaway. It has been a great pleasure to watch the journal develop through a succession of very dedicated editors, and especially our present editors Professors Jonathan Chick and Philippe de Witte, into one of the leading alcohol journals in the world.

Alcohol and Alcoholism is the journal of The Medical Council on Alcohol (MCA) and the official journal of the European Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism (ESBRA). The MCA was founded in London, in 1967, by a group of doctors from a range of different specialties, at a time when services for alcohol problems were poorly developed in the UK (Walton et al., 1966).

In an effort to highlight the health problems caused by alcohol, the MCA originally produced a journal called The British Journal on Alcohol and Alcoholism (the ‘blue’ journal) and this was distributed free of charge, quarterly, to General Practitioners throughout the UK. The primary objective of the journal was to provide reliable information and to raise awareness of the growing problem of alcoholism, especially to medical and paramedical practitioners and it was extremely successful in achieving this (Evans, 1990). The next logical step was to develop the journal as a multi-disciplinary, international research journal and it was re-launched in 1983 as Alcohol and Alcoholism (the ‘red’ journal). The red journal was distinct and different from the outset and was aimed at the international community and focused on advancing alcohol research and integrating new knowledge into clinical practice.

The International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism (ISBRA) had its inaugural meeting in Cardiff in 1980 and the ESBRA was …