A Submission to the BC Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the 2015 BC Budget

Minimizing the availability of low-priced alcohol protects public health and safety, government revenues and Canadian industries. Minimum prices for alcoholic beverages in BC are lower than in most other provinces and have not kept pace with inflation. The 2014 BC Government Review of liquor laws specifically recommended updating and increasing minimum alcohol prices and linking these to beverage strength. While other measures that will increase alcohol availability and generally lower prices have been implemented, key minimum pricing recommendations have only been implemented in bars and not in the much larger liquor store market. Infographic

How much did you actually drink last night? An evaluation of standard drink labels as an aid to monitoring personal consumption

Barriers exist for drinkers who wish to comply with low-risk guidelines when these are expressed in terms of numbers of “standard drinks” of alcohol. The increasing variability of container sizes and alcoholic strengths mean that percent alcohol by volume labels alone may be insufficient. The authors of this CARBC study investigate whether standard drink labels would improve drinkers’ accuracy when estimating personal alcohol consumption. (Note: The link is to the abstract of the study. The full study is only available to people who are subscribers or whose institutions are subscribers.)  Media Release | Infographic | Video

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.

Film-Based Classroom Resource Lets Teens Open Up About Cannabis

Posted by Nicole Bodner on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

Teens need opportunities to talk openly and honestly about cannabis. This is the thinking behind a new, award-winning classroom resource called CYCLES, developed by researchers at the UBC School of Nursing and based on studies involving youth in three BC communities. The goal of CYCLES is to help engage young people in productive discussions involving decision-making and cannabis use. The resource features a locally produced short film and a facilitator’s guide. Read more

Supporting Change from the Inside

Posted by Karen Oddy on Thursday, November 27, 2014.

Brandon came into our Youth Probation office with the bravado of a Sopranos character. He had strong handsome features and he was highly athletic. He commanded a presence. Brandon was charged with trafficking cocaine and he was connected to a local gang. He was impeccably dressed and everything about him alluded to power and presence. Brandon didn’t use drugs; he just sold them, and he was working his way to becoming a true gangster. This was not a typical case. Nor was it easy even though I was an experienced Probation Officer. Read more

Latest News & Notes

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Equity with Equity Lens for Public Health (ELPH)

Applications are invited for a one-year post-doctoral fellowship to engage in research related to health equity in public health with the ELPH program of research at CARBC, with possible renewal until March 31, 2017. Complete application materials are due February 28, 2015 and the fellowship will begin April 1, 2015 (negotiable).

Alcohol-related Hospitalizations on the Rise in BC

You may want to rethink that extra glass of rum and eggnog this holiday season. The latest estimates from the BC Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Monitoring Project confirm that harms from alcohol are on the rise in the province. Rates of hospitalization due to alcohol use are also steadily catching up to those of tobacco.

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

CARBC Lauded for Public Policy Impact
Date: November 20, 2014
Source: University of Victoria

Standard drink labels help consumers track their alcohol use and reduce risk: Study
Date: September 30, 2014
Source: Centre for Addictions Research of BC

Study Confirms Breast Cancer Link to Low Alcohol Use
Date: September 25, 2014
Source: Centre for Addictions Research of BC

National Report Offers First-Ever Look at the Canadian Sex Industry
Date: September 19, 2014
Source: University of Victoria

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Upcoming events

"Chicks on the Corner" - Substance Use and Harm Reduction in Central Europe
Date: January 30, 2015 - 10:00-11:00 am
Location: Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria

Resilience, Risk and Retrospect: A 20-year youth drug prevention reflection
Date: February 10, 2015 - 4:30-5:30 pm
Location: University of Victoria

Resilience, Risk & Retrospect: A reflection on 20 years of youth drug prevention
Date: February 11, 2015 - 5:00-7:00 pm
Location: SFU Downtown, Vancouver

Inviting Youth Engagement: Classroom discussion on substance use
Date: February 26, 2015 - 1:30-3:00 pm EST
Location: Webcast

The 6th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Date: March 4-7, 2015
Location: The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver

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