Drinking skeptically in the City of Dreams

Welcome to Newcastle upon Tyne Skeptics in the Pub! We organise monthly skeptical pub talks in Newcastle upon Tyne, the City of Dreams. Our upcoming talks are listed below - no tickets required, you can just turn up on the night.

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Newcastle Skeptics runs the vast majority of its events for free. We operate purely through donations, to cover speaker expenses. If you'd like to help our group continue in the future, you can do so below with either Paypal or Bitcoin. Alternatively, come see us on the night. We advise £3, or whatever you can afford.

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Kevin Dooley

Wednesday, February 10 2016 at 7:30PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Kevin Dooley

What's the talk about?

"Recent neuroscience research shows that addiction compromises the brain’s ability to self-regulate a person’s behaviour. So when someone is trapped in the cycle of relapse and offending, are we wasting money by trying to treat symptoms rather than trying to treat the causes of addiction?

If we don’t understand addiction, we won’t understand recovery from it, or those experiencing it."

Kevin Dooley, a heroin and crack cocaine addict for over 20 years, has been clean and sober for the last 12. He has appeared as a spokesperson on BBC News at Ten and the Channel 5 'Austopy' documentary series episode The Last Hours of River Phoenix. Articles about his addiction, prison experience, being handcuffed to attend his son’s funeral and being homeless on the streets of Westminster have appeared in The Independent, the Big Issue, and others.

This is a free event, although donations to help fund Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £3, or whatever you can afford. Seats are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.