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Alcohol warning labels reduce sales, change minds

May 4, 2020 - Media release

Colourful, highly visible warning labels applied to bottles and cans of alcohol in Yukon’s largest liquor store prompted many people in Canada’s highest-alcohol-consuming region to cut back on their drinking. This was one of the major findings from the Northern Territories Alcohol Labels Study—a real-world study of alcohol warning labels led by CISUR in 2017—published this month in a special section of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

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Trailblazing harm reduction

January 25, 2019 - News

A managed alcohol program (MAP) provides people who haven’t found success with abstinence-based approaches with pre-measured doses of beer or wine—often paired with housing and other supports—as a way of reducing the harms from alcohol. But do they work? A national study, co-led by Bernie Pauly and Tim Stockwell at UVic's Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, is finding out—and so far, signs point to yes.

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Cost of substance use in Canada: $38.4 billion a year

June 26, 2018 - Media release

Substance use costs Canadian society $38.4 billion a year, or almost $1,100 for every person in Canada, according to a new study. The Canadian Substance Use Costs and Harms study, produced by UVic's Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, examines the costs and harms associated with substance use, and spans four broad areas: health care, lost production, criminal justice and other direct costs.

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