KBS 2016 - 42nd Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society in Stockholm May 30- June 3, 2016.

Hosted by The Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD) at Stockholm University and The Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs (CAN).

The principal aims of the Kettil Bruun Society (KBS) are to investigate social, epidemiological and cross-cultural research on alcohol use, to promote the exchange of scientific knowledge and experiences among researchers from various disciplines and to encourage international collaboration. The comparison of social and epidemiological developments found in different countries makes it possible to disentangle major trends from underlying patterns of alcohol use. This is particularly useful for the development of effective strategies to regulate alcohol use - an aspect which is of great interest to many countries.

The primary purpose of the symposium is to provide a forum for researchers involved in studies on alcohol to exchange ideas about their ongoing research. The scope of the symposium includes studies of determinants and consequences of drinking, drinking culture and drinking patterns, social and institutional responses to drinking related harms, prevention and care.

Empirical research, theoretical papers and reviews of the literature are welcome. Social and epidemiological studies have to be interpreted in a broad context as they include research in a variety of disciplines, such as psychology, sociology, criminology, economics, history and other sciences. Papers on other forms of substance use such as tobacco and drugs are also accepted, particularly papers considering the way they relate to alcohol use.

The symposium focuses on the discussion of papers that are pre-circulated electronically on this website. The author introduces the paper in a 10-minute segment, followed by prepared comments from a discussant and general audience participation. Any person submitting a paper may be asked to be a discussant or chair of a session. Pre-symposium workshops and special meetings will be held on May 28 or 29, 2016.

The symposium will be held at the Stockholm University Campus area (Frescati), with Aula Magna as the plenary hall (map of Campus area). Information on how to get there by public transportation is avaliable at

The conference is financially supported by the Stockholm city, Systembolaget, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE)The Swedish National Board of Institutional Care and The National Association of Social Welfare.





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