Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships Available


Fellowships are available through the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley and the Alcohol Research Group, an NIAAA Alcohol Research Center within the Public Health Institute. Fellowships are supported by NIAAA and are typically 2 years Postdocs receive $43,692—$51,120 per year plus health benefits Supplemental research employment is often available Predocs receive $23,376 per year plus partial UC tuition & fees An annual travel allowance is offered for … [Read more...]

WA Support for Marijuana Legalization Grew


If the vote for marijuana legalization in Washington State were to be held again, Initiative 502 (I-502) would potentially have a stronger majority than it did in November 2012, according to a new study from the Alcohol Research Group, a program of the Public Health Institute, published today in Contemporary Drug Problems. Researchers found that among people who voted against I-502, 14 percent would now vote in favor of the measure compared to 4.8 percent of yes-voters who would change their … [Read more...]

Additions to the National Alcohol Survey Reflect Societal Shifts


Since the National Alcohol Survey (NAS) first launched in 1964, ARG researchers have sought to increase its impact by developing a more robust and relevant tool with which to look at the nation’s alcohol consumption. At the same time, the survey has evolved to reflect changes in our society, our population, and how we communicate with each other.  Over the years, a substantial number of NAS-affiliated independent grants have used NAS and additional data to focus on nationally-salient emerging … [Read more...]

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...]