Note: We are pleased to announce CARBC scientist Dr. Karen Urbanoski’s appointment asÂ 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.
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
Talk to kids about drugs
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's annual report for 2014-15 is now online. READ MORE
Alcohol Reality Check
A simple, non-judgemental quiz that helps you check in with your drinking. READ MORE
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).
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.
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.
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...