Professor Chick worked for the Medical Research Council for Epidemiological Studies in Psychiatry and then as Consultant Psychiatrist for the Alcohol Problems Service, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, and as Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry University of Edinburgh. He is now Medical Director, Castle Craig Hospital. Latterly, he extended his area of research from treatment of alcohol problems to prevention, and the role of changes in affordability of alcohol. He has been an advisor to the World Health Organisation and government departments in the UK, Australia, Canada, USA and Brazil. He is the Chief Editor of the international journal Alcohol and Alcoholism.