Drawing from Life: Alcohol in the time of COVID-19


Alcohol is a leading risk factor for death and disability worldwide. Drinking too much alcohol leads to health and social problems. During the COVID-19 pandemic, alcohol use has increased, particularly affecting those with long-term health conditions.

Alcohol Policy in Chile

Peña, S., Sierralta, P., Norambuena, P., Leyton, F., Pemjean, A., & Román, F. (2020). Alcohol policy in Chile: a systematic review of policy developments and evaluations. Addiction.

Chile has one of the highest rates of alcohol use per capita in the Americas. Policy to reduce alcohol-related harm is often up against resistance from alcohol industry, policymakers and the public.

This review, published in the Journal of Addiction, provides an analysis of enacted and proposed laws of national alcohol policies in Chile.

Sixty-fourth session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)


The sixty-fourth session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs will be held from 12 to 16 April 2021.

In the light of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation, the session is likely to be held in a hybrid format, combining in-person participation at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) and online participation. The CND meets every year to discuss the global state of drug control and to adopt resolutions to guide the way forward.

EU HCV Elimination Policy Summit


Despite the progress that has been made in recent years, HCV remains a major public health problem in Europe. In the European Union (EU) more people die each year from HCV than from HIV/AIDS. 

Alcohol-Related Violence and Deprivation


Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) warmly invite you to join us online on Tuesday 30 March from 12:30-14:00 BST for our third SHAAP/SARN Alcohol Occasionals event of 2021.

Dr Carly Lightowlers and Lucy Bryant will present their complementary research and we will then open to Q+A and wider discussion.

VNGOC Asia Pacific ad hoc working group - discussing the Asia-Pacific Civil Society Common Position

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Vienna NGO Committee on Drugs

In the webinar on 23rd February 2021 the VNGOC Asia-Pacific ad-hoc Working Group kick-started the discussions on a possible Asia-Pacific Civl Society Common Position. More than 70 people from the region participated. 

You can access the presentation here.

Representation of Adverse Childhood Experiences Linked with Lower Public Stigma Towards People Who Use Drugs

Sumnall, H. R., Hamilton, I., Atkinson, A. M., Montgomery, C., & Gage, S. H. (2020). Representation of adverse childhood experiences is associated with lower public stigma towards people who use drugs: an exploratory experimental study. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 1-13.

Public stigma towards people who use substances can impact people seeking support and treatment outcomes. It can also influence how public health policy is shaped and accepted.

Researchers have been interested in understanding how people appraise substance use and whether attitudes can be changed if they frame substance use in different ways.

Alcohol and COVID-19 in SA: An Endless Cycle of Liquor Sales Bans Being Imposed and Lifted, or Catalyst for Meaningful Action?

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The SAMRC Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Research Unit is now in its 20th year of existence. With about 20+ core staff based in Cape Town and Pretoria the focus is on a broad range of research focusing on the nature and extent of substance use in South Africa, associated consequences and the multifaced interventions aimed at addressing substance use.