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Wet and Dry: Issues of Culture, Control, Consent and Country-to-Country Consumption

2011 | Download

An ambitious research program led by PHI's Alcohol Research Group and joined by collaborators from around the world is providing new insights into the link between alcohol and injury

‘Cross-National Analysis of Alcohol and Injury’ is an international research project coordinated by the Alcohol Research Group (ARG), based at the Public Health Institute in Emeryville, California.
The primary aim of the project is to better understand alcohol’s association with injury from a global perspective, and factors affecting this association. These include individual-level factors as well as socio-cultural and environmental ones, such as the alcohol control policies in a given region or country. 

Dr Cheryl Cherpitel, lead researcher on the project, is Senior Scientist at the ARG and Associate Director of the National Alcohol Research Center. “Violence-related injuries are, by far, the most common cause of injuries associated with alcohol,” outlines Cherpitel. “Risk of a violence-related injury has been found to be 22 times greater for those drinking prior to the event compared to those not drinking, while risk for a non-intentional injury is four times greater for those who had been drinking compared to those not drinking.” The project’s ER studies on non-intentional injuries also reveal that 7 per cent of falls, 6 per cent of poisonings and 3 per cent of burn accidents are alcohol-related.

Learn more about the Cross-National Analysis of Alcohol and Injury project.