Public health

Incarceration Impacts Cognitive Performance, and Prisoner Status Matters

Michael O. Ezenwa, Charles T. Orjiakor & Desmond U. Onu (2020) Incarceration impacts cognitive performance, and prisoner status matters, The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 31:4, 613-622, DOI: 10.1080/14789949.2020.1784249


Globally, incarceration is understood to impoverish the wellbeing of prisoners, but evidence for its impact on cognitive performance is less popular.

COVID-19 and Alcohol


How much are people drinking while staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic? Are Canadians drinking more alcohol than usual and, if so, are they doing it more often? This webinar will shed light on alcohol use during the pandemic, drawing on the results of a survey and polls commissioned by CCSA in spring 2020. The presentation will also highlight resources to assist in reducing risks related to alcohol use during COVID-19. 

New Webinar Series: Implications of COVID-19 on Public Health in Canada

The pandemic has had far-reaching impacts on public health across Canada, including substance use and access to healthcare services and supports. Over the coming months, CCSA and CCDUS will be putting together a new webinar series that will explore the implications of COVID-19 on public health, highlighting work in the area of substance use and COVID-19 across sectors in Canada. The series will feature a range of perspectives from leading experts in the fields of

SSA Qualitative Methods Series

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On Friday 6 March 2020, the SSA sponsored a one-day conference on conducting qualitative addiction research.

The resulting videos were released weekly during June and July 2020 and provide a useful resource for any qualitative addictions researcher looking to develop their skills and careers.

Society for the Study of Addiction Qualitative Methods Series

In a new series to promote interest in, and understanding of, qualitative addiction research, SSA will upload one video every week from the recent qualitative methods conference. This series will provide a useful resource for qualitative addictions researchers, and will feature interviews and lectures from four leading UK-based researchers. Find out more here.

Discussing Alcohol Use with the GP

Discussing alcohol use with the GP: a qualitative study Sandra Coste, Laetitia Gimenez, Aurélie Comes, Xavier Abdelnour, Julie Dupouy, Emile Escourrou BJGP Open 2020; 4 (2): bjgpopen20X101029. DOI: 10.3399/bjgpopen20X101029

A General Practitioner (GP) is often the first point of contact for people struggling with alcohol related issues. These doctors must be trained to detect problematic drinking as well as have the confidence and skills to have open conversations with patients. 

Feedback from patients who have received support from their GP helps inform guidance to having these conversations.