About The Author

Nick Heather is a clinical psychologist, alcohol researcher and Emeritus Professor of Alcohol & Other Drug Studies at Northumbria University. He was one of the pioneers of brief intervention techniques to reduce alcohol misuse, and has challenged the disease theory of alcoholism and has over five hundred research publications and books.

Is Addictive Behavior Compulsive?

The concept of compulsion is ubiquitous in scientific theorizing, professional practice, and lay understandings of addiction, and it forms the cornerstone of the disease view of addiction, including its latest version – the brain disease model of addiction. According to the disease view, it is because addictive behavior is compulsive rather than freely chosen that