Doug Cameron is a psychiatrist, a Glasgow graduate in medicine who undertook his postgraduate training at the Crichton Royal, Dumfries where he and Mary Spence ran the first outpatient controlled drinking group in Britain.
He was appointed Consultant Psychiatrist with special interest in alcohol problems in Leicestershire in 1976, where he developed the first comprehensive tiered multiagency multidisciplinary community alcohol service, which provided for a population of just under one million. An account of the ideology, structure and efficacy of that service is described in his book “Liberating Solutions to Alcohol Problems, treating problem drinkers without saying no” (1995).
In 1991 he was appointed Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Leicester, which post he held until his retirement in 2001.
He has lectured and written widely about alcohol use and misuse. He has always had a particular interest in the nature and purpose of intoxication.
He was associate editor of Addiction Research and Theory from its foundation until his retirement.
He was a founding member of the New Directions in the Study of Alcohol Group and has the dubious distinction of being the only person who has attended every one of its annual conferences.