Border Project Produces Significant Results

The U.S.-Mexico Study of Alcohol and Related Conditions (UMSARC), which ran from 2009-2015 and concluded last month, produced an extensive range of results that supports the development of culturally appropriate alcohol policies and strategies to increase accessibility to prevention and treatment services for people living at the border. One of the most surprising findings was the prevalence of alcohol use disorders (AUD) among residents who lived at the border compared to people who lived in … [Read more...]

Over 35 Years & Still Going Strong


When the National Alcohol Survey (NAS) first began in the mid-1960s, over 2500 people across the US were interviewed.  Since then, the NAS has grown to include almost 8,000 US adults enabling both understanding mechanisms underlying drinking behaviors and the long-term monitoring of our nation’s drinking patterns and its associated problems.  While our drinking habits and relationship to alcohol have changed, measuring such changes provides a greater understanding of how alcohol impacts our … [Read more...]

New Grant Awarded to Study Cannabis Use & Treatment Outcomes

Congratulations to ARG Biostatistician Meenakshi Sabina Subbaraman, PhD,  who  received a grant to study how cannabis use affects alcohol treatment outcomes. The new project, funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (R21 AA023039), will use advanced statistical methods to better understand how cannabis use among individuals recovering from alcohol use disorders affects drinking after treatment. Expert opinion on the topic is mixed.  Some suggest that among … [Read more...]

KBS Thematic Meeting in Finland: Alcohol’s Harm to Others


Next month, ARG researchers Katherine Karriker-Jaffe and Thomas K. Greenfield present three papers at the Kettil Bruun Society conference in Helsinki, Finland. The conference theme is on alcohol's harms to others, discussing how drinking impacts social relationships in both private and public settings, including family members, partners and strangers.  Their recent research is derived from a NIAAA funded project that looks at the types and seriousness of harms experienced due to someone else's … [Read more...]

Congratulations to Paul Gilbert


It’s with sadness that we say goodbye to Associate Scientist Paul Gilbert. Having recently completed his postdoctoral fellowship at ARG, Paul will begin his academic career as an assistant professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at The University of Iowa College of Public Health this fall.  With a Master’s of Science in Health and Social Behavior from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and a PhD in Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel … [Read more...]

Digital Tool to Prevent Prenatal Drinking


A new clinical trial that will launch in September is an example of an innovative tool that can help educate and inform women of the risks of drinking during pregnancy. To find out more about this project and how it will impact women’s health, we caught up with Principal Investigator and ARG Scientist Madhabika Nayak. Tell me about your project and how it will support women’s health. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) continues to be a problem despite all the preventative measures … [Read more...]

New Fall Seminar Series Announced

The Fall Advanced Alcohol Research Seminar, offered from September to December 2015, operates through UC Berkeley and presents research and lectures on epidemiology, prevention and intervention, and theory and methodology related to alcohol and potentially other drugs. This seminar, taught and facilitated by Sarah Zemore, PhD, and co-led by Drs. Lee Kaskutas and Cheryl Cherpitel, features presentations by renowned scientists in the field of alcohol research both internal and external to ARG. The … [Read more...]

Focus on Center Pilot Studies


As a core component of the National Alcohol Research Center, the pilot studies program provides early-stage investigators with the opportunity to explore new areas of research that often leads to independently funded projects. The most recent studies include the development of a kiosk-based prenatal screening intervention, improvement of alcohol dependent measures, associations between immune function, alcohol use disorders and psychological distress, and the relationship between experiences of … [Read more...]

Alcohol & Pregnancy Grant Funded


William C. Kerr heads up the ARG team on a new study in collaboration with Sarah Roberts, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Sarah is also a public health social scientist at the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health and former postdoctoral fellow at ARG. The study will look at the associations between state-level punitive and supportive policies targeting alcohol use during pregnancy … [Read more...]

Staff Updates, Both Good & Sad

Miguel Pinedo, who recently began his two-year postdoctoral fellowship at ARG, moved from Southern California to the Bay Area where he'll focus on migration as a risk factor for substance use. But Miguel's no stranger to Northern California, having completed his MPH at UC Berkeley before obtaining his PhD at UC San Diego. With a goal of becoming an independent researcher, Miguel feels ARG is the perfect training ground for skill development while also providing the opportunity to further the … [Read more...]