CARBC Annual Report 2013/14

Here is CARBC's Annual Report for 2013/14. A major highlight over the past few months has been our successful internal UVic bid to host a Canada Research Chair at the Centre. Our bid made it past ten other applications and the position (intended for an early career scientist specializing in addictions, harm reduction and substance use related research) has been advertised nationally and internationally. See other highlights in our Annual Report.

Towards Alcohol Harm Reduction: Preliminary Results from an Evaluation of a Canadian Managed Alcohol Program

This CARBC report presents an evaluation of a Managed Alcohol Program (MAP) currently being provided for homeless men and women in the Thunder Bay, Ontario region who have severe problems relating to alcohol use and homelessness. The aims of this research were to establish whether the MAP was contributing to (i) improvements in health and well-being of participants, (ii) reductions in their use of emergency, hospital and police services, and (iii) less hazardous patterns of alcohol use, including reduced use of non-beverage alcohol. The authors also aimed to inform the development of future program and policy recommendations. This was a pilot study for a national research program funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research for the evaluation of five MAPs in Ontario and British Columbia. Learn more about Managed Alcohol Programs.

CARBC Blog: Matters of Substance

People associated with CARBC are involved in a wide variety of topics and issues related to substance use and addictions. In this blog, we are able to share our work informally and encourage discussion on matters of substance.

Risk of Injury: The Implications of Mental Health, Alcohol and Gender

Posted by Audra Roemer on Monday, August 11, 2014.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of deaths occur due to intentional and unintentional injuries related to alcohol use. Alcohol impairs coordination as well as our ability to perceive and respond to hazardous situations, making it more likely that we will get hurt. Research shows the risk for injury increases as the amount of alcohol use increases. For example, someone consuming five or more drinks on one occasion is ten times more likely to get injured in the following six hours. But are certain people more likely to get injured when they drink? Are there additional factors associated with alcohol use that could further increase your risk of injury? Read more

Will minimum prices work to minimize harm?

Posted by Kara Thompson on Monday, July 14, 2014.

The recent changes to pricing rules in alcohol-serving establishments across BC have been met by applause, discontentment, indifference — and confusion. In effect, two changes were announced: the fact that restaurants and bars can now have happy hour drink specials, allowing them to change the price of alcoholic drinks throughout the day, and the introduction of province-wide minimum drink prices which apply at all times, not just during happy hour. Minimum unit pricing is not a new concept. All provinces, except Alberta and Quebec, have some type of minimum pricing policy. Even prior to these new changes, BC had minimum pricing policies in place in liquor stores, though prices were much lower than many other provinces. Read more

Latest News & Notes

How much do Canadians lowball their drinking?

How much do we lowball the consumption of alcohol, our favourite recreational drug? A lot, as it turns out. It’s common knowledge that most of us downplay how much we drink in a given year. The World Health Organization already compensates for this by adding as much as 30% to self-reported statistics on alcohol consumption. But even this is too low. A new study published in the journal Addiction by CARBC shows that people under-report their alcohol consumption in national health surveys by 50-75%, depending on age and beverage.

CARBC Director joins in call for tobacco harm reduction

Over 50 leading scientists from 15 countries have appealed this week to the World Health Organization (WHO) to reconsider its intention to classify e-cigarettes the same as regular cigarettes, warning that they risk missing an opportunity to drastically reduce smoking and the illness and death associated with it. Scientists have known for some years that people 'smoke for the nicotine, but die from the smoke'. The death and disease from smoking arises from inhalation of tar particles and toxic gases drawn into the lungs. They argue that the WHO’s targets for reduction of tobacco consumption should be aligned with the ultimate goal of reducing disease and premature death. Media Release

Lower the Stakes: A Public Health Approach to Gambling in British Columbia

This Provincial Health Officer’s annual report examines gambling policy in BC from a public health perspective and provides recommendations for reducing the harms associated with problem gambling. This report discusses social and economic impacts of gambling and the history of gambling policy in Canada and BC, introduces a comprehensive public health framework for understanding gambling, and explores gambling trends in Canada and BC.

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CARBC In the news

How much do Canadians lowball their drinking?
Date: June 5, 2014
Source: Centre for Addictions Research of BC

Op/Ed: Decriminalizing commercial sex is the right thing to do
Date: March 14, 2014
Source: Cecilia Benoit for the Vancouver Sun

Evidence of Impacts of Managed Alcohol Programs in Canada
Date: March 10, 2014
Source: University of Victoria

Op/Ed: Help young people make good choices
Date: March 7, 2014
Source: Times Colonist

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Upcoming events

Ayahuasca, Psychedelic Studies and Health Sciences: The Politics of Knowledge and Inquiry into an Amazon Plant Brew
Date: September 10, 2014 - 5:00-6:30 pm
Location: Coach House, Green College, UBC

Addiction's Mysteries: Plato, Rat Park and Harm Reduction
Date: September 12, 2014 - 10:30-11:30 am
Location: Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria

Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond (Book Launch)
Date: October 15, 2014 - 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver

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