New Seminar Series Announced


The Spring Advanced Alcohol Research Seminar, offered from January to May 2016, operates through UC Berkeley and presents research and lectures on epidemiology, prevention and intervention, and theory and methodology related to alcohol and other drugs. 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 current seminar series … [Read more...]

How Place Affects Your Health


For ARG Scientist, Katherine Karriker-Jaffe, PhD, what began as an interest in health and social justice has developed into a passion to better understand how our neighborhoods – where we live, work and play – influence whether we drink, smoke or use other substances and whether we have problems due to substance use. While there is a long tradition of looking at a neighborhood’s impact on our health, there has been less work done on sub-group effects, that is, how specific groups of people … [Read more...]

Celebrating 56 Years of Research

At ARG's recent holiday party, where colleagues, friends and family gathered in the organization's offices in Emeryville, CA, I was struck by the diversity of people in attendance.  While young children scribbled in coloring books in an adjoining room with parents watching on, older individuals sat together in the reception area, discussing the old days when ARG consisted of a handful of people intent on changing the world of alcohol research. One of those individuals was Walter Clark who was … [Read more...]

15-year Trends of Harms from Other Drinkers


ARG researchers Thomas K. Greenfield, Katherine Karriker-Jaffe, Lauren Kaplan and William C. Kerr along with Sharon C. Wilsnack of the University of North Dakota recently published work that assessed data from four National Alcohol Surveys to look at depression and alcohol's harms to others (AHTO) such as difficulties with family, finances, assault and vandalism. Study authors found a significant upward trend from 2000 to 2015 for financial troubles from others drinkers. In 2015, depression … [Read more...]

Study Assesses Recovery Residences for LGBTI


Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) adults face unique health disparities and addressing these disparities is a national health priority. Within this community, men who have sex with men (MSM) may be at elevated risk for alcohol and drug use as well as serious, yet preventable health conditions such as HIV and other STDs, viral hepatitis, pneumonia, and TB. Research suggests that addiction recovery residences are a promising mechanism to promote and sustain recovery from … [Read more...]

Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships Available

ARG, in association with the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, is accepting applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) for research training in alcohol and drug studies. Fellowships are typically 2 years Postdocs receive $42,840-$50,112 per year plus health benefits Supplemental employment is often available Predocs receive $22,920 per year plus partial UC tuition & … [Read more...]

PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center


ARG receives re-designation as a Collaborating Center thru to September 2019. Congratulations to Cheryl Cherpitel, DrPH, for her successful direction of the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center on Alcohol Epidemiology and Injury over the past four years. From her leadership, and the support of a highly skilled research team, ARG has been re-designated as a Collaborating Center through to September 2019. Since 2011, Cherpitel and her colleagues have made significant contributions to research on … [Read more...]

Visiting Scholar from Brazil Joins ARG


ARG is pleased to welcome visiting scholar, Gabriel Andreuccetti, PhD, who has moved from Sao Paulo to spend a year working with Senior Scientist Cheryl Cherpitel, PhD.  This is his second time visiting ARG and we're excited to have him back in the Bay Area. Recently, we spent some time with Gabriel to learn more about his work and what brought him to ARG. ARG: First, it's so nice to have you here, Gabriel.  For people who don't know you, can you tell us a little about where you’re from? … [Read more...]

ARG Scientists Present at APHA


ARG scientists will be in Chicago at the end of October to present at the American Public Health Association (APHA)'s Annual Meeting and Exposition with talks focused on alcohol-related heath issues and outcomes. Conference highlights include a panel on November 3 when ARG researchers will present new findings on health disparities from the National Alcohol Survey. Beginning at 2:30 pm, Camillia Lui discusses differences in education among heavy drinkers using age-period cohort analysis. She … [Read more...]

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...]