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  Welcome to INEBRIA

INEBRIA is an international network of researchers, policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholders interested in the potential of brief interventions in health and other settings to reduce the harms produced by alcohol and other drug use. It aims to provide global leadership in the development, evaluation and implementation of evidence-based practice in the area of early identification and brief intervention for hazardous and harmful substance use.

 News and announcements

* 22/02/2015 - INEBRIA position on the alcohol industry
The INEBRIA position statement on the alcohol industry and the revision document are already posted at the “member section”.

* 06/02/2015 - The 12th Annual Conference of INEBRIA will take place in Atlanta, GA, USA, September 24-25, 2015.

This year’s theme is Interprofessional Involvement in Screening and Brief Intervention. Please plan to join us for a pre-conference workshop on September 23, 2015, where we will examine Policy and Practice of SBI Interprofessional Involvement. Highlights of the conference include:

  • A stimulating, eclectic gathering of researchers, educators and practitioners from various fields such as nursing, social work, pharmacy, dentistry, medicine, and many other professions who are joining in the important interprofessional work of screening and brief intervention.
  • An outstanding line-up of international plenary speakers including Drs. Antoni Gual (Catalonia), Preben Bendtsen (Sweden), Eileen Kaner & Jim McCambridge (UK), John Knight & Katharine Bradley (US)
  • A social dinner Thursday evening at the distinguished Carter Center, founded by former US President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. The Carter Center exists to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.
  • The annual Heather Lecture, delivered by Rich Saitz (USA), which will review emerging RCT results to summarize the “state of the science” on screening and brief intervention for unhealthy drug use
  • An enjoyable venue in the lively Buckhead area of Atlanta.
The call for abstract is now open until 30th of April. Please submit your abstracts using this form and these instructions.

All the information about the conference is available at 12th INEBRIA Conference website
To register and to book accommodation, please access: www.inebriaatlanta.weebly.com (Spring 2015).

* 24/11/2014 - Upcoming Alcohol & Other Drug Conferences

* 15/10/2014 - Summary of Warsaw conference

Approximately 114 participants participated in the 11th INEBRIA conference, which took place in Warsaw on 18th and 19th of September.
A total of 79 abstracts were submitted of which 45 were accepted as oral presentations and 19 as posters. Most of the presentations from the conference are now available here. Four plenary sessions were held on interpreting null findings from brief intervention trials, SBI for college student drinking, internet alcohol interventions and mechanisms of action of brief alcohol interventions.
During the INEBRIA Annual General Meeting, 41 new members were accepted into INEBRIA bringing the official membership to 549 researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and other stakeholders from 40 different countries.
The next INEBRIA conference will take place in Atlanta, Georgia on 23rd to 25th September 2015, with a pre-conference workshop on 23rd September. The conference will cover a wide range of SBI topics as usual, while also covering the theme of interprofessional involvement in screening and brief intervention. More details here.

* July/August 2014 - 2014 - INEBRIA Conference Warsaw 17-19th September: Programme News

The programme for Warsaw 2014 will shortly be available. As well as the plenary speakers highlighted already, it will include:
  • Oral presentations: screening tools, adolescents, electronic brief interventions, integration into health policy and practice, different settings
  • Workshops: brief motivational interventions, randomised controlled trial design; developing evidence-based recommendations for practice from the BISTAIRS project.
  • Symposia: Screening and Brief Intervention across Settings, Patient Populations, and Providers and Implementing Brief Interventions (BI) in Primary Health Care (PHC) settings: Evidence from the ODHIN Project.

*July/August 2014 - 2014 - #UKAlcohol Twitter Discussion on Alcohol Brief Interventions

The UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies will host the second #UKAlcohol twitter discussion on the topic of alcohol brief interventions at 20.00 BST (19.00 GMT; 3pm/15.00 EDT) on Wednesday 13th August 2014. Anyone can join in, please use the hashtag #UKAlcohol or follow @ukctas. More details here.

* July/August 2014 - 2014 - New Discussion on Addressing Alcohol Problems in Primary Care

An article we highlighted previously “Should brief interventions in primary care address alcohol problems more strongly?” has generated an interesting series of responses in the journal Addiction:

The authors, Jim McCambridge and Stephen Rollnick have also responded to the issues raised in a commentary entitled: Big issues.

* July/August 2014 - INEBRIA to join ICARA Meeting 2014

Richard Saitz, Maristela Monteiro and Niamh Fitzgerald will represent INEBRIA at a meeting of the International Confederation of Alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) Research Associations (ICARA), September 4-5, 2014. ICARA is an organization for mutual collaboration for ATOD research associations. It aims to promote, support and enhance ATOD science locally and globally, by facilitating collaboration and exchange of information between and the development of ATOD societies especially in low or middle income countries and in countries with emerging ATOD problems as well as supporting scientific knowledge, integrity and ethics and advocacy in the use of evidence in policy and practice. The meeting will focus on ethics, conflict of interests, open access publication, co-operation between member organisations and development of ICARA.

* 13/06/2014 - Prof. Mary Larimer to deliver 2014 Nick Heather Lecture in Warsaw

The Annual Nick Heather Lecture for 2014 will be delivered by Mary Larimer, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Director, Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors, University of Washington. Prof. Larimer's research interests have covered prevention and treatment of alcohol and drug problems among adolescents and young adults (with a particular focus on college drinking prevention), initiation of drinking, co-morbidity, housing and treatment programs, and dissemination of evidence-based prevention and treatment approaches into clinical, school, and work-site settings.

* 15/05/2014 - Do you have a notice that may be of interest to INEBRIA members?

Remember you can post notices/news on the INEBRIA Google discussion group or to if you want to make them available to a wider audience, please send updates for the website to Niamh Fitzgerald..

* 15/05/2014 -2014 INEBRIA Conference - Plenary speakers confirmed include:

  • Jacques Gaume, Head of Research, Department of Community Health and Medicine, University Hospital of Lausanne
  • Molly Magill, Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Brown University
  • Nick Heather, Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Northumbria University
  • Preben Bendsen, Professor, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Linköping University
  • Sven Andreasson, Professor, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm

* 15/05/2014 - Upcoming Conferences List for INEBRIA Members Updated

Details of 2 new conferences added, plus link to presentations from previous conferences on the list where available. Available for download here.

* 15/05/2014 - New Course: Alcohol Policy in Practice, Sept 22nd-25th 2014, Edinburgh

The UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (a partnership of 13 universities working in this field) is running an intensive 4-day training course on alcohol policy and practice in Edinburgh, Scotland in September 2014. The course features inputs from Sir Ian Gilmore; the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group and other leading figures from UKCTAS institutions and partner organisations. The course is open to all, further details are available from this flyer.

* 15/04/2014 - Abstract submission deadline for the 11th INEBRIA Conference has been extended until 15th of May.

Abstracts on any aspects of screening and brief interventions for alcohol and other drugs use are welcomed.

Three types of abstracts will be considered (300 word limit—see submission form):
1) Research
2) Program (clinical or educational) evaluation
3) Workshops or experiential or theory-based/generating

For more information, please read the instructions carefully. Use this template to submit your abstract.

For questions on abstract submission: inebria@gencat.cat

* 11/04/2014 - 2nd meeting of the Pan-American Network on Alcohol and Public Health.

From 9th to 11th April, 2014, the second meeting of the Pan-American Network on Alcohol and Public Health (PANNAPH), was held in Cartagena, Colombia, organized by the PAHO/WHO. At this meeting, Dr. Joan Colom, member of the INEBRIA CC, presented the network and the INEBRIA Latina and urged all representatives to promote participation among the professionals in their countries. This action falls within the framework of INEBRIA's desire to expand to all regions of the world.

* 24/02/2014 - 11th INEBRIA Conference, Warsaw, 18th-19th Sept, 2014.

The conference is organized collaboratively between the State Agency for Prevention of Alcohol Related Problems (PARPA) and the Medical University of Warsaw (WUM) with the suport of the INEBRIA Secretariat. It will take place in the Medical Faculty facilities.

In the conference website, www.inebria.pl you can find all the relevant information, including everything you might need to register and to submit abstracts.

For questions on registration and accommodation: inebria2014@parpa.pl
For questions on abstract submission: Inebria@gencat.cat

* 7/02/2014 - Alcohol/Drug Conferences 2014

INEBRIA has compiled a list of conferences which are coming up in 2014 which may be of interest to INEBRIA members. Please contact Niamh Fitzgerald if any are missing as the list can be updated regularly. If you are organising one of the conferences listed and would like to edit your entry (within reason) please also get in touch.

* 22/01/2014 - Recent Papers on Brief Interventions

INEBRIA hosts a database of relevant research papers that is updated every fortnight and free to access. The following is a selection of papers that have been published in the last few months. The database is much more comprehensive however if you wish to highlight an important paper that is missing, please contact Niamh.

* 20/01/2014 - Happy New Year from INEBRIA

On behalf of your committee, we would like to wish all INEBRIA members a happy and successful 2014. We look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at our 11th Annual Conference in Warsaw Poland (18th/19th September 2014)
The INEBRIA Co-Ordinating Committee is:

Information about the SC  is available at the Members Section

* 14/11/2013

Special invitation from ASCP to INEBRIA 2013 presenters
Remember that the deadline for submission of papers to Addiction Science & Clinical Practice (up to 10), with author fees waived if accepted, is December 15th. This is a very special invitation and opportunity! Please read carefully this flyer for more information.

* 14/11/2013

Will it work on a wet Wednesday in Wigan?
A rapid report on the 2013 INEBRIA Conference Plenary entitled "Implementation Research and Screening and Brief Intervention: Challenges and Opportunities" is now available for download. Access each presentation where available by clicking on the presenters name.
Bob Huebner from the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism chaired this session which featured four speakers and a discussant from the US. Connie Weisner discussed how healthcare organisation, delivery, payment and insurance systems can greatly impact on SBI. Constance Horgan discussed the potential of financial incentive systems known as 'Pay for Performance' which are used to drive preventive activities in many countries but little used for SBI. Peter Anderson reviewed the SBI literature and was optimistic about the potential for SBI to reduce heavy drinking and mortality. Antoni Gual outlined some preliminary results from the Catalan strand of the multi-country ODHIN implementation study suggesting that financial incentives can result in small increases in alcohol screening rates. Finally, Richard Saitz outlined gaps in current evidence about implementation and effectiveness of SBI in practice, and called for 'disruptive innovation' in SBI implementation efforts.

* 23/10/2013

INEBRIA and the alcohol industry

The Co-ordinating Committee (CC) has been considering the relationship between the alcohol industry and INEBRIA (and brief interventions more broadly). The alcohol industry is spending more money on brief interventions globally and this has engendered a range of concerns, in the context of other actions being taken by the global alcohol industry. These include whether industry funded work should be acceptable at INEBRIA conferences and whether support for brief interventions is being used as a means to obstruct evidence based alcohol policies, as appears to be the case in Scotland.

Following a consultation at the recent conference in Rome, the CC has decided to establish an independent working group to carefully consider the issues in this area. All members interested in participating in the working group should indicate so by contacting INEBRIA Secretariat, no later than November 8th. More information and the terms of reference of the working group will be provided.

* 07/11/2013

INEBRIA 2013: Conference & AGM Update

  • Approximately 120 participants from 22 countries participated in the 10th INEBRIA conference, which took place in Rome on the 19th and 20th of  September.
  • A total of 106 abstracts were submitted of which 59 were accepted as oral presentations and 39 as posters. Presentations from the conference are now available here. Four plenary sessions were held including presentations from WHO representatives: Maristela Monteiro from PAHO and Lars Möller from WHO-Euro.
  • During the INEBRIA Annual General Meeting, 95 new members were accepted into INEBRIA bringing the official membership to 511 researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and other stakeholders from 39 different countries.
  • The next INEBRIA conference will take place in Warsaw, Poland from the 18th to 19th of September, 2014. The theme is "Brief Interventions: Recent Advances and New Applications"

* 23/10/2013

Conference Highlights: Inaugural Nick Heather Lecture: The Efficacy-Effectiveness Distinction If you missed the Inaugural Nick Heather Lecture: The Efficacy-Effectiveness Distinction in Trials Of Alcohol Brief Interventions at the recent INEBRIA conference, you can download an expanded summary and conclusions here. Delivering the inaugural lecture, Prof. Nick Heather discussed the terminology, ideal phases of development of trial research in health promotion, and the history of SBI research including the extent to which trials of alcohol SBI can be considered efficacy or effectiveness trials.

* 22/10/2013

ICBM 2014: CALL FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION AND EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION IS OPEN INEBRIA is co-sponsoring the addictive behaviors track of the biennial meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Medicine, to be held in Groningen in the north of the Netherlands in August 2014. We are keen to see content on all issues relating to brief interventions and intend organising symposia in addition to receiving individual abstracts. If you are interested in presenting brief interventions research at this meeting and may be interested in participating in symposia, please send an expression of interest to Anne Berman at the address below, not later than November 30th. Please note this is in advance of, and separate from, the January 15th 2014 deadline for abstract submission. For more information and instructions have a look at the ICBM website

* 04/10/2013

The 10th INEBRIA conference took place in Rome, Italy on 19th and 20th September, and was an inspiring and interesting event. Attended by an international audience of researchers and professionals, the conference heard plenary presentations on implementation issues relating to screening and brief interventions (SBI) as well as the inaugural Nick Heather Lecture - delivered by Nick Heather. There were 11 parallel symposia as well as a poster session and the INEBRIA annual general meeting. The conference venue and host city provided an impressive backdrop to a very successful event. More detail on key presentations as well as other news will appear here shortly, and presentations will be made available to INEBRIA members. You are also strongly encouraged to access the INEBRIA Google Group for more regular, and dynamic discussions about SBI for alcohol and other drugs.


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