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August September 2009

Upcoming events

Models, implications and meanings of alcohol and drug treatment systems. 7 - 9 October 2009, Stockholm.

A thematic meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol.

Historically, most national treatment systems have developed with a lack of overall planning and evaluation of the results. The question of how to best allocate resources for treatment of alcohol and drug problems is increasingly important, not only in developing countries but also in affluent societies, with rising costs of health and welfare.

Focus in treatment research is moving away from evaluation of specific treatment methods and techniques to common factors in treatment or characteristic qualities of treatment systems and evaluation of population effects of these system characteristics.

The aim of this meeting is to develop and discuss new perspectives on alcohol and drug treatment systems. The meeting wants to encourage comparative research and to stimulate the theoretical and methodological discussion by inviting researchers from fields with similar perspectives, such as mental health research and research on care of the disabled. The meeting will strive to attract an international group of researchers, with support for researchers from low and middle income countries.

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6th Annual Conference of the International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol Problems (INEBRIA). 8 - 9 October 2009, UK.

Evidence for the effectiveness of screening and brief interventions (SBI) for alcohol use disorders is well established and evidence for its effectiveness in other settings is promising. At the same time significant advances in the practical implementation of SBI are being made in various parts of the world. Importantly however other essential aspects of SBI have received less attention and important potential applications remain unexplored.

The 6th Annual Conference of INEBRIA (International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol Problems) aims to address some of these outstanding issues. The conference will take place on the 8-9th October 2009 at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK.

The conference is highly policy relevant and would be of interest to health professionals, public health practitioners, commissioners and researchers working in the field of alcohol use both nationally and internationally.

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NordAN conference: The symbolism of alcohol and drinking. 23 - 25 October 2009. Helsinki

In the Northern and Baltic countries alcohol is considered one of the most obvious articles of food and stimulant in our culture and it is inseparably linked with discussions about public health, social damages and costs.

When ever we communicate on alcohol and drinking we find our selves in a main distributing frame between facts of harm from the public health community mostly based on findings from the scientific and medical research and a more humanistic, social scientific approach on peoples own needs, habits and experiences, often with strong touch of historical myths and symbols clinging to it.

When it comes to the alcohol industries marketing of alcohol products it is understood that the advertising language seldom touches the facts of harm and danger but is based on reinforcement of the positive cultural symbols.

Advertising is first of all used to strengthen the popular preconceived ideas about alcohol consumption. These ideas have not been forced on potential consumers, they are instead enshrined in our cultural background and admen only have to use affirmation and intensification of pre-exiting, conscious and unconscious images. Alcohol consumption is still very often associated by advertisers with personal, sexual and social success in an often very basic and easy seductive language.

To support the public health and social wellbeing of the population one need to have a clear understanding of the ingredients of both sets of “communications” on alcohol and given all the facts of the negative consequences especially give attention to the positive image of alcohol and drinking enshrined in the minds of people most; ordinary citizens and not least the decision makers, with practical experience of alcohol in everyday life

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Alcohol Concern Annual Conference 2009. 4 November 2009, London

Future proof? How does the UK become a social drinker?

Is the tide finally turning for alcohol policy? As Alcohol Concern celebrates 25 years of campaigning to reduce alcohol harms, we look to the future; where are we going and what action is needed to get to grips with the nation's alcohol problems.

Confirmed speakers include: Professor Martin Plant, Professor Mark Bellis, Norman Lamb MP, Anne Milton MP, Julia Unwin (Joseph Rowntree Foundation).

Early-bird booking rates (by 4 September): Alcohol Concern Members: £150 (+ VAT); Non-members: £200 (+ VAT)

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Youth, Alcohol & Crime (Problems & Effective Responses). International Conference. 13th November 2009, Bristol.

Topics will include:

Drinking by young people, crime and young people, alcohol, crime and disorder, the alcohol-crime connection, alcohol culture or drinking culture: international perspectives, alcohol-related aggression in bars, victimisation, how did we get into this mess? liberal constraint and government policy, making crime reduction work, and the way forward.

Speakers & Chairpersons will include:

Thoruddur Bjarnason (Iceland), Douglas Cameron, John Carnochan QPM, Gavin Dingwall, Henk Garretsen (the Netherlands),
Richard Hammersley, Roy Light, Rod Morgan, Robert Parker (USA), Martin Plant, Moira Plant, Bruce Ritson & Samantha Wells (Canada).

Registration fee: (payable to UWE, Bristol) £150.

Student discounts are available.

Further details may be obtained from:

Mrs Jan Green, Alcohol & Health Research Unit, University of the West of England, Blackberry Hill, Bristol BS16 1DD, United Kingdom.
Tel: 0117 328 8800;
Fax: 117 328 8900;

WASTED: An International Conference on Alcohol and Young People. 20 November 2009. Kent

An International Conference on Alcohol and Young People', the annual conference of the Health and Europe Centre.

The conference will provide examples of interventions trialed in a range of settings in the UK, Europe and North America, which have shown promising results in reducing alcohol consumption amongst children and young people.

Speakers will include Tony Goodall, Alcohol and Substance Misuse Lead for NHS Leeds and Dr Lars Møller, European Regional Advisor for the World Health Organisation. Case studies will include the Strengthening Families Programme (UK), Örebro Prevention Programme (Sweden) and the ‘Be Under Your Own Influence' social marketing campaign from the USA.

Delegates will contribute to a lively discussion about how the showcased examples could be adapted to enhance local service delivery and the steps necessary to achieve this.

The cost of attending this conference is £75.00 + VAT. The working language of the conference is English.

The conference will run from 9am until 4.30pm. For further information about the speakers, case studies and to register Click here

EUCAM's 2nd conference on alcohol marketing in Europe. 23 November 2009. Brussels.

The main topic of the conference will be: “How to anticipate on actions by economic operators”
The conference will offer: an overview of the activities by the alcohol industry to prevent the implementation of effective policy instruments; information on new trends in activities and alcohol marketing in Europe as well as in the US; and a place for discussion on ‘how to react?'.
Tamsin Rose (Experienced NGO Health campaigner on the domains of alcohol and nutrition)
Michele Simon (Marin institute; watchdog of the alcohol industry, leading NGO in the US)
The lessons of the tobacco case: overview of the long lasting influence of the tobacco industry. Speaker: to be confirmed
All interested EUCAM contacts of Public Health NGOs, Governmental Organizations and scholars are invited. A fee of € 125 will be asked for those participants who are not a paying member of EUCAM. To register or get more information please send an email before 1 November to

The day after the conference (24 November), the partners in the AMMIE project will hold a meeting for information and instruction on monitoring trends in alcohol marketing practices. If your country wants to take part in this project please send us an e-mail to Avalon at

Alcohol and injuries, risk factor and prevention. November 25, 2009, Łódź (Poland)

Alcohol is a key health determinant and is responsible for about 7 % of all ill-health and early death in Europe, which makes it the third leading risk factor after tobacco and high blood pressure. Alcohol use is associated with an increased risk of injury in a wide variety of setting and shown to be a significant contributory risk factor in the occurrence of: road traffic accidents, accidents at home, in the workplace and during recreational and sports activities, fires and drowning, violence and suicide. Alcohol can also be a cause of death from accidental overdose.

This preconference will highlight studies on alcohol as a risk factor in accident occurrence, and will present strategies for overcoming the alcohol burden. A network of 15 European umbrella organisations has identified alcohol as one of the key factors for injury. A statement on “Alcohol, accidents and injuries” is under development and will be presented in this conference.

Venue: Andel's Hotel, Lodz (Poland)
Cost: 50 Euro
Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Time: 13:00-17:00

For more informaiton please visit EUPHA website or email:

1315 Role and impact of alcohol on injuries and accidents, risk factors
Empty glasses and broken bones - Emergency department studies on alcohol and injury in Switzerland
Hervé Kuendig, Swiss Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Problems, Lausanne, Switzerland

Alcohol as a risk factor on injury mortality in eastern and western countries of Europe.
Witold Zatonski, Cancer Centre and Institute of Oncology, Warsawa, Poland

Alcohol involvement in traffic accidents in Arkhangelsk region of Russia
Maria Gorbatova, International School of Public Health in Arkhangelsk (ISPHA)

1400 Questions and discussion with the presenters in a panel

1500 Strategies and action to be taken for reducing alcohol-related injuries Strategies for overcoming the alcohol burden
Dinesh Sethi, WHO Regional Office for Europe, Rome Office

Alcohol as a cause of accidents and injuries: relevance for policymakers nationally and locally. Presentation of a policy statement. Mariann Skar, Secretary General of the European Alcohol Policy Alliance

1545 Workgroup discussion on strategies to be taken and policy statement.

1645 Conclusions from the group discussion

KBS-thematic meeting on ‘Episodic heavy drinking among adolescents'. 10 - 12th December 2009. Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

In the 20th century, young people have been seen maturing earlier, physically, psycho-socially, and intellectually. During the same time, however, there have been indications of a deferment of adulthood. Modern adult life has become more complex and demanding, and seems to require a longer preparatory phase. Perhaps, the earlier maturation of western youth makes them more vulnerable to the shady sides of adult life at a younger age, such as alcohol and drug abuse.

Evidence seems unequivocal that adolescents in Western societies drink more now than decades ago. This has raised concerns in several countries, translated in calls for action, such as an increase in the age limits on drinking. One could argue that these, mostly, adult concerns are fueled by this contradictory trend of adolescents maturing earlier, but growing up later. A concentrated drinking pattern has been a quite stable characteristic among the young in Western cultures. The term ‘binge drinking' has been increasingly used to denote such episodic, heavy, concentrated drinking pattern. Increasing trends in drinking and adverse consequences particularly among young people have sensitized the research community, politicians, and the general public.

KBS is happy to announce the intention of four Dutch institutes, collaborating in the IVO-consortium, and Trimbos Institute (Utrecht) to organise a 3-day, so called KBS-thematic meeting on the topic of ‘Episodic heavy drinking among adolescents'.

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4th European Alcohol Policy conference. June 2010, Brussels

This conference will be the fourth in a series of alcohol policy conferences (the first was in Warsaw in June 2004, the second in Helsinki in November 2006, the third in Barcelona in April 2008).

The scope and purpose of the conference is to promote and disseminate knowledge about current thinking on alcohol and alcohol policy matters, to build capacity and promote networking and coalition building between and within the European countries, and to provide the opportunity of profiling the ECs communication on alcohol, as well as relevant EC co-financed projects.

In addition, in May 2010 the WHA will have voted on the adoption of the Global Alcohol Strategy. Europe has a strong position and responsibility, being the world's leader on alcohol consumption and an important exporter of alcoholic beverages.