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.

Prevention of Alcohol-Related Injuries in the Americas: From Evidence to Policy Action

Alcohol consumption has been associated with injuries in a wide variety of settings and from a number of causes, including those related to traffic, falls, fires, sports and the workplace, and those resulting from interpersonal and self-inflicted violence. This book, whose co-editors include CARBC's Cheryl Cherpitel and Tim Stockwell, clearly illustrates the significant impact of alcohol consumption on violence and the burden it causes to health systems and society as a whole. The book also describes various ways to reduce alcohol-related injuries, including the use of cost-effective policies to decrease harmful drinking at the population as well as the individual level.

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.

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

Reducing harm? There's an app for that

Posted by Amanda Farrell-Low on Monday, June 23, 2014.

Imagine you’re out enjoying a sunny patio at a pub with a few friends. You’re just about to finish your pint of beer and are really craving another one, but are trying to cut back on your drinking. You pull out your phone and open up an app that reminds you your goal for the week is to not have more than two standard drinks per day, and that pint you punched into the tracker was actually 1.7. You pause for a moment, then take a look at coping strategies you’ve tracked over the past few weeks to help deal with the desire to drink. One you’ve found particularly effective is treating yourself to a fancy booze-free cocktail while out with friends, so you order one of those instead of another beer. Read more

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UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education seeks Research Assistant

The UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education and its partners have an exciting research assistant opportunity based at the University of Victoria commencing September 2014. The incumbent accepting this position at UVic will focus on the theme of Indigenous research methodologies.

VCH seeks Prevention Specialist SACY/STEP Facilitator

VCH is seeking a Prevention Specialist SACY/STEP Facilitator. Within the context of a client and family centered care model and in accordance with established vision and values of the organization, the Prevention Specialist plans and implements proactive approaches for harm prevention and health promotion services to designated clients within the applicable program.

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.

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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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Promoting Mental Health in BC Schools: Summer Institute 2014
Date: August 21-22, 2014
Location: University of British Columbia

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