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Study finds increase in BC overdose hospitalizations

Date: June 21, 2012
Source: Centre for Addictions Research of BC
A new study by the Centre for Addictions Research of BC at UVic reveals an increase in hospitalizations as a result of alcohol and illicit drug overdoses between 2002 and 2009. Alcohol overdose hospitalizations rose by 16%, while other drug overdose hospitalizations rose by 33%.

BC policies to restrict cheap alcohol have curbed consumption

Date: December 13, 2011
Source: University of Victoria
The minimum prices set by the BC Liquor Distribution Branch have helped curb drinking in the province. Backgrounder

Canada approves first low-risk alcohol drinking guidelines

Date: November 25, 2011
Source: Ann Dowsett Johnston, Toronto Star

... These guidelines represent a healthy limit. But drinking to optimize health? That’s another matter. “One drink a day—and that’s a fairly unusual consumption pattern,” says Tim Stockwell, executive director of the Centre for Addictions Research of B.C. Still, he points out, a daily drink is where “the risk of cancer starts.”

If Stockwell had his way, Canada would move to warning labels: “If you can do this for tanning salons, why not alcohol? ...

It’s like saying to a cancer patient: ‘We can’t treat you yet because your cancer isn’t at Stage 4.'

Date: November 25, 2011
Source: Ann Dowsett Johnston, Toronto Star

“Let’s say there’s a frog pond where some of the frogs are developing odd-looking growths, and others are sterile. Do you send in surgeons to remove the growths, and fertility experts to deal with the sterility? Or do you say to yourself: maybe there’s something in the water?” Dan Reist ...

Canada is blessed with more than its fair share of renowned researchers on the alcohol file, a brain trust of internationally respected individuals. People like the straight-talking Tim Stockwell, head of the Centre for Addictions Research of B.C. (CARBC), who has just returned from presenting to Scottish MPs on the minimum pricing of alcohol.

UVic Study: Most Crack Users in Victoria and Vancouver Risk Disease by Sharing Pipes

Date: July 15, 2011
Source: UVic
Most people who smoke or inject crack in Victoria and Vancouver share their crack paraphernalia--a practice that can spread serious infectious diseases. That’s according to new data from the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research of BC.

Privatising Liquor Sales Results in More Alcohol-Related Deaths: New Research

Date: January 18, 2011
Source: UVic
Private liquor stores are certainly more convenient than the government outlets, since they are open longer hours and there are many more of them, but they are also harming our health. That is according to new research on privatisation of the BC liquor market conducted by the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research (CARBC) and the Prevention Research Center in Berkeley, California.