Washington Regrets Vote to End Monopoly


Washington State residents who voted in favor of privatizing liquor sales were eight times more likely to express a desire to change their original vote than residents who voted against the measure, according to a study from the Alcohol Research Group, a program of the Public Health Institute, published today in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Findings suggested that 20 percent of individuals who voted in 2011 to end the government monopoly on liquor sales have changed their … [Read more...]

Researchers Present at RSA 2016


Sunday, June 26 Poster Session – 3:00 – 5:00 Immune Function is Associated with Symptoms of Depression and Psychological Distress Among People with Alcohol and Substance Abuse Disorders - P. Martinez, S.P. Neupane, L. Lien, P. Aukrust, T. Ueland, T.E. Mollnes, K. Hestad, S. Zemore, J.G. Bramness Monday, June 27 Poster Session – 3:00 – 5:00 PM Cannabis Use During Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorders is Associated with More Frequent Alcohol Consumption - M.S. Subbaraman, D. Patterson, J. … [Read more...]

NIAAA Funds Training Program for Another 5 Years


The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) awarded another five-year grant to ARG’s training program, which has been operating since 1971.  In collaboration with the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, the program fosters the development of trainees as active researchers in the field of alcohol studies. To date, the program has mentored 266 fellows with three predocs and three postdocs supported each year. Through a highly interactive … [Read more...]

Discrimination Associated with Heavy Drinking


Discrimination is associated with heavy drinking, drinking-related problems, and greater risk of alcohol use disorders according to new research from the Alcohol Research Group, a program of the Public Health Institute, published online in Social Science & Medicine. Although the health effects of discrimination have been widely studied, this systematic review is the first comprehensive assessment of the research specifically on alcohol use.  Researchers reviewed 97 studies, seeking to … [Read more...]

Privatization’s Effect on Neighboring States


An increase in cross-border traffic by Washington State residents to Idaho and Oregon following Washington’s privatization of liquor stores resulted in significant revenue for the two bordering states according to a new study from the Alcohol Research Group, a program of the Public Health Institute, published online this week in the journal Addiction. However, researchers found that while Idaho and Oregon saw an increase in liquor sales, Washington’s sales declined by only a quarter of one … [Read more...]

SBIR Subaward Supports Innovative APP


ARG received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant sub-award in collaboration with BrightOutcome, an innovative software development company that focuses on creating applications to improve population health.  This contract will see the research team through Phase II of a project that aims to enhance a previously developed multi-translated alcohol measures catalog, which featured Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages. The current prototype contains 127 … [Read more...]

ARG Scientists Present at KBS 2016


ARG researchers are heading to Stockholm for the Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society (KBS) running from May 30 to June 3, 2106. The primary purpose of the symposium is to provide a forum for researchers involved in alcohol studies to exchange ideas about their ongoing research. The scope of the symposium includes studies of determinants and consequences of drinking, drinking culture and drinking patterns, and social and institutional responses to drinking related … [Read more...]

Researchers Present at AP17


In early April, researchers from around the world met in Arlington, Virginia for the 17th  annual Alcohol Policy (AP) Conference.  ARG scientists were among the presenters and featured Center Director William C. Kerr's plenary session on alcohol privatization, highlighting his recent work in Washington State. Senior Scientist Thomas K. Greenfield and Scientist Katherine Karriker-Jaffe presented their research on alcohol's harms to others (AHTO) during a panel discussion that sought to … [Read more...]

New Study Looks at Alcohol’s Harms to Others Around the World

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A new NIAAA-funded 4-year study will be the first multinational project to assess the extent and impacts of harms experienced due to heavy drinking by the drinker's family, friends and strangers. It will provide new insights into how different social and cultural contexts and alcohol-related policies impact such harms. While the study of the broad array of alcohol's harms to others (AHTO) is a fairly new area of research, previous work has looked at particular second-hand harms from … [Read more...]

Priscilla Martinez Receives Travel Award


Congratulations to Research Associate and Postdoctoral Fellow Priscilla Martinez who received a Student Travel Award to present at the Behavior, Biology, and Chemistry Conference in San Antonio. Her talk on the associations between cytokine levels, depression and psychological distress among people with substance use disorders will happen on Sunday, March 6 at 1:00 pm. The study aimed to examine the association between depression, psychological distress, and cytokine levels among people in … [Read more...]