Funding: NIAAA R01 AA015927
This project’s primary aim is to better understand gender differences in the roles of demographics and problem severity, contacts and interventions from treatment and other agencies and from social networks and 12-step involvement in improving drinking trajectories over time. In this subcontract to the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), the Alcohol Research Group (ARG) assists with implementing, managing, analyzing and disseminating the findings of of a unique longitudinal survey that uses a probability sample of untreated dependent and problem drinkers from the general population and individual dependent and problem drinkers entering chemical dependency treatment in the same county. ARG works collaboratively with the UCSF team on recoding variables for analysis, creating scales for analysis, and conducting statistical analysis leading to manuscript publication. ARG analysis focuses on the gender differences with regard to the role of informal responses to alcohol problems and will present these findings at conferences and in scholarly journals.