Centre for Addictions Research of BC

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CARBC guest lecture series

Find out more about our upcoming talks on substance use, harm reduction, and other areas of our research

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Managed Alcohol Programs study

CARBC leads national study of this harm-reduction approach

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CARBC publications

Research bulletins, self-help resources, classroom tools, articles and more

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Generating and mobilizing knowledge

The Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC) is a network of individuals and groups dedicated to the study of substance use and addiction in support of community-wide efforts to promote health and reduce harm. Our research is used to inform a broad range of projects, reports, publications and initiatives aimed at providing all people in BC and beyond with access to happier, healthier lives, whether using substances or not. READ MORE ABOUT CARBC

Recent engagement

Talk to kids about drugs

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CARBC's Dan Reist is interviewed about how to talk to kids about drugs in light of recent fentanyl overdoses. READ MORE

2014-15 annual report

carbc annual report

CARBC's annual report for 2014-15 is now online. READ MORE

Alcohol Reality Check

alcohol reality check

A simple, non-judgemental quiz that helps you check in with your drinking. READ MORE

Matters of Substance blog 

Does forced drug treatment actually work?

9 February, 2016
Dr Karen Urbanoski

Note: We are pleased to announce CARBC scientist Dr. Karen Urbanoski’s appointment as the Canada Research Chair in Substance Use, Addictions and Health Services Research. This blog post offers a look at some of her research on treatment services in Canada.

Eat, drink and be merry? Consumption and connectedness on campus

2 February, 2016
Tim Dyck

Post-secondary institutions face a variety of challenges in regard to food and mind-altering substances. These can run a gamut from "orthorexia" (an obsession with eating only foods deemed very healthy) to what has been dubbed "drunkorexia" (extreme weight control practices to compensate for calories added in episodes of heavy drinking).

How to have a great night (and remember it the next day)

26 November, 2015

In my last post, I wrote about the science of blackouts. Today, I am going to share some tips from my book, "Drink Less Be More: How to have a great night (and life) without getting wasted," on how to avoid blackouts and other unwanted results of drinking too much.

Why are women more prone to alcohol-related blackouts than men?

24 November, 2015
A photo of Caitlin Padgett

I have had more blackouts than I can count. For me, blackouts were the ugly, scary result of "too much fun." The irony is that too much fun led to shame, regret, and grief -- an aching sadness over significant periods of time "lost" with no means of recollection.

A nationwide survey on substance use

17 November, 2015

This summer I got an email from a concerned nurse. In June, the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse, and UBC's Mass Gathering Medicine Interest Group released their recommendations for Preventing Drug- and Alcohol-related Harms at Music Festivals. As a nurse who works with live music events, she was encouraged to see that many of the...

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