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This page contains information on what's new at ARG and a listing of press releases. Press releases are issued by the communications department at the Public Health Institute (PHI) and are available for viewing on their site. Media inquiries should be directed to PHI.


ARG Scientists at RSA (June 22-26)

Many ARG Scientists are among the speakers, discussants or presenters at the upcoming Research Society on Alcoholism  Conference in Orlando, Florida (June 22-26) at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cyprus.  The event serves as a meeting ground for scientists in the broad areas of alcoholism and alcohol-related problems. Stop by to hear William Kerr’s talk on “Racial/ethnic differences in drinking in the U.S..: Paradoxes, problems, and research priorities” and Jane Witbrodt’s talk on “Longitudinal analyses of 12 step participation and improved outcomes: Does gender matter?”  Also, Bill Kerr and Sarah Zemore are discussants on other symposia sessions. Visit ARG's poster sessions during the week. For details on all the posters being presented by ARG scientists, download ARG's RSA Schedule (pdf). Visit RSA's website for more on the conference. 

Drinking Causes 3.5% of Cancer Deaths - More Than from Melanoma, New Study Finds

Drinking Causes 3.5% of Cancer Deaths - More Than from Melanoma, New Study Finds more Researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), the National Cancer Instiute, Alcohol Research Group, and others have shown that alcohol is a major contributor to cancer deaths and years of potential life lost. The article titled “Alcohol-Attributable Cancer Deaths and Years of Potential Life Lost in the United States” appears in the online edition of the American Journal of Public Health. Read more about the study here.

State honors Kaskutas for contributions to substance abuse research

On August 21, the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) awarded the 2012 Director’s Award for Innovative and Effective Approaches to Research to Lee Ann Kaskutas. The ADP Director’s Awards, presented at ADP’s statewide training conference, recognize valuable contributions by individuals and organizations to the substance abuse prevention, treatment, research and recovery fields. Read more about the award here.

"What is Recovery?" Study Seeks Participants

The "What is Recovery?" study is seeking people in recovery from an alcohol or drug problem to participate in a web-based survey. "What is Recovery?" is the first federally-funded nationwide study on this critical topic. The purpose of this research is to learn how people experience and define recovery. Additionally, the researchers hope to develop a Recovery Scale that will help provide a framework for educating the public and policymakers about what recovery from alcohol and drug entails. Visit the study's website to learn more about study. Click here to read more.

ARG Scientist Cheryl Cherpitel discusses her project "Cross-National Analysis of Alcohol and Injury"

Cheryl Cherpitel discusses issues of culture, control, consent and country-to-country consumption raised by her project ‘Cross-National Analysis of Alcohol and Injury’ with Research Media. Click here to view document.

ARG Scientist Discusses Challenge of Determining how AA works on NPR

Alcohol Research Group scientist Lee Kaskutas recently appeared on NPR’s OnPoint to talk about the legacy of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), its “12 steps” and science. In an interview with Wired Magazine contributing editor Brendan Koerner, Kaskutas discussed an article on the secret of AA’s success in helping recovering alcoholics stay sober recently published in Wired. For decades, experts have been unable to explain exactly how and why AA works. But researchers are most stymied by the fact that the program’s efficacy cannot be tested in a randomized experiment, the scientific gold standard. To listen to the show, click here. To read the original article, click here.

ARG Scientists Hosting a Session at APHA 2009

ARG scientists and affiliate scientists will be hosting a session titled "Drinking patterns and harms: New findings from the National Alcohol Survey". This session's objectives are to define drinking patterns and understand their importance in predicting alcohol-related problems, evaluate heavy drinking and its role in acute and chronic consequences, and to discuss the alcohol policy/prevention implications of new population-based risk curve findings from National Alcohol Surveys.

ARG Scientific Director Wins APHA Section Award

Tom Greenfield, Scientific Director and Center Director of the National Alcohol Research Center, has received a section leadership award from the American Public Health Associations's Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) section. This award recgonizes and ATOD section member who has made significant contributions to the section and field.


Press Releases

October 15, 2013

How Much Alcohol Is in Your Drink? Stronger Beers and Wines Make It Harder to Tell.

Consumers often don’t know how much alcohol they are actually drinking, according to “The Blurring of Alcohol Categories,” a new report from the Public Health Institute’s Alcohol Research Group (ARG) published by the National Alcoholic Beverage Control Association. Many new beer and wine products have increased alcohol content—blurring what were once clear lines between the alcohol content of beer, wine and spirits. Read more...

October 9, 2012

With problem drinking, where you live may matter.

Some people living in disadvantaged neighborhoods may be at increased risk of problem drinking—though much may depend on race and gender, according to a new study by Katherine Karriker-Jaffe, PhD. Read more...

January 20, 2010

Public Health Institute to Test New Treatment for Methamphetamine Addiction in Contra Costa County, California.

Methamphetamine use is rapidly increasing and reaching epidemic proportions in certain parts of the country such as the western United States. The addiction afflicts more than 400,000 people in the country and costs society more than $20 billion every year. To test how well a new treatment approach that uses Motivation Enhancement Therapy helps people quit using methamphetamine, researchers at the Alcohol Research Group (of the Public Health Institute) study more than 200 people who are or have recently been dependent on methamphetamine at an alcohol and drug treatment center in Lafayette, California.

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