Updated: Saturday, 20th April 2019 @ 3:28pm

National £2million NHS bipolar study seeks Manchester participants who drink alcohol to improve new therapies

National £2million NHS bipolar study seeks Manchester participants who drink alcohol to improve new therapies

By Hannah Hulme

A Manchester University research group is searching for bipolar adults who drink alcohol for a major new NHS study.

The group has been awarded a £2m grant by the National Institute for Health Research, making this the first large-scale award for research into Bipolar Disorder from the NIHR.

The study, entitled ‘ABLE: Assessing Bipolar Lifestyle Experiences’, will test the effectiveness of a new psychological therapy which combines Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Participants will be randomly allocated to receive either ‘intervention’ – one-to-one therapy sessions with a clinical psychologist – or their usual treatment, over a period of six months.  

Lucy Bateman, research assistant for PARADES, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for people in Manchester to be involved in a large scale research project.

“The results of this may be used to inform future treatment of Bipolar Disorder within the NHS.”

The research programme will run over five years in collaboration with Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust at Nottingham and Manchester Universities.

Previous work has shown that individuals with bipolar disorder often use substances like alcohol for the purpose of mood management and other reasons relating to the disorder. But people should also learn it can easily turn into alcohol abuse and a risk to your health.

The new therapy will look at lifestyle choices, including how much people drink, as well as mood symptoms.

It will involve people who drink at various levels, socially or more regularly.

Ms Bateman explained: “We really want to find individuals in Manchester who might benefit from new therapies such as this.

“All sessions will be delivered at the individuals’ home, or another place they feel comfortable.

“People who take part must also be in contact with mental health services.”

Those would like to be involved in the research programme or would like more information should contact Lucy Bateman by email on lucy.bateman@nhs.net or by phone on 0161 275 8498 or 07553 388 373

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