Griffith Edwards was born in India. After receiving his M.D. from Oxford University, his work has centered on the study and treatment of addiction to alcohol and other drugs. He set up the UK National Addiction Center in London and was its first Chairman. A former consultant to the White House on the prevention of drug abuse, he is also the editor in chief of the journal Addiction. His contributions to the study of both addiction and treatment have earned him many major international scientific honors, including the Nathan B. Eddy and Jellinek awards.