Dr Stephen Willott is a GP at the Windmill practice in the inner city of Nottingham, where he has worked for the past 20 years. He also works as a ‘GP for the homeless’ at the local Friary Drop-in; in both roles he sees a wide variety of people who use alcohol and other drugs, often in harmful ways. Twice weekly he works as a specialist for the city’s alcohol service. He has a public health role with Nottingham City Council as clinical lead for alcohol, substance misuse and blood borne viruses. Finally he is the national chair for the RCGP’s ‘Managing Drug and Alcohol Problems in Primary Care’ conference, now in its 24th year.