With more than 1,000 peer-reviewed studies, PHI’s highly regarded epidemiological research on substance abuse identifies gaps in knowledge and builds the evidence base for what works, both domestically and internationally.
PHI examines the role of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status in drinking and drug use and evaluates treatment readiness and access. PHI works on tobacco addiction and policy approaches to reducing its spread. PHI also focuses on substance abuse-related concerns such as physical injury, violence and mental health problems and on improving interventions in primary care and treatment settings. Programs test new approaches, build capacity, provide technical assistance and train the next generation of investigators.
Supported by a diverse group of funders, PHI offers technical expertise on a broad range of substance abuse—including alcohol usage, as well as the connections to mental health issues.
Our expertise includes:
- Research: PHI programs bring 50+ years of expertise in researching the economic and health impacts of alcohol, its connections to drug and tobacco use, and mental health problems in order to inform prevention and policy strategies.
- Evaluation: Work with us to evaluate new approaches to prevention, treatment and recovery and disseminate what works.
- Capacity Building: Our experts are already training the next generation of top-notch investigators in alcohol research, and can help design new programs to meet your target audiences and communities. We also are available to provide technical assistance to health care providers and institutions, policy makers, health departments and ministries, and community advocates working to reduce rates of alcohol, as well as drug abuse and smoking.
- Advancing health equity: Our work helps to expose health disparities through research that reveals the role of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status in drinking and drug and tobacco use as well as mental health status.
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Resources and Tools
- Alcohol Marketing in the Digital Age
- Tobacco, Alcohol, and Processed Food Industries – Why Do Public Health Practitioners View Them So Differently?
- Trends in Alcohol’s Harms to Others (AHTO) and Co-occurrence of Family-Related AHTO: The Four US National Alcohol Surveys, 2000–2015
- Wet and Dry: Issues of Culture, Control, Consent and Country-to-Country Consumption
Won Kim Cook
Alcohol Research Group
Berkeley Media Studies Group
National Alcohol Research Center
Survey Research Group
Here's How We're Making a Difference
Advancing 50+ Years of Research with PHI's Alcohol Research Group
Founded over fifty years ago, PHI's Alcohol Research Group (ARG) is a multidisciplinary research center whose focus is to conduct research on alcohol use patterns and associated problems and dissemination of research findings. Their research team is comprised of epidemiologists, psychologists, economists and researchers in other disciplines.
In 2015, ARG published nearly 50 research articles, including one study that found privatization of liquor sales in Washington state resulted in substantially higher prices to consumers on average. ARG's Alcohol Research Center was also redesignated as a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center on Alcohol Epidemiology and Injury through September 2019.
Assessing Familial Risk for Alcohol Use Disorders
Is it possible to identify clinical and historical features of Alcohol Use Disorder that reflect familial risk? Using longitudinal population data from Sweden, PHI’s Alcohol Research Group collaborated with researchers from across the world to assess the effects of alcohol exposure to risk factors in the neighborhood environment, peer context and family system. Within the sample, they found a number of factors which strongly predicted the risk for Alcohol Use Disorder in relatives: age at first registration, number of registrations, recurrence and history of drug abuse.
Training the Next Generation of Alcohol Researchers
In collaboration with UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, the National Alcohol Research Center at PHI’s Alcohol Research Group accepts 6-8 trainees annually to the Graduate Research Training on Alcohol Problems program.
With a diverse, multidisciplinary training faculty, the program trains the next generation of researchers in cutting-edge methods for studying the social epidemiology of alcohol and other drug problems, and related health services. Since its inception in 1971, hundreds of former participants have moved on to help advance the field through careers in academia, government and free-standing research institutes.if($services_list) : ?>