Alcohol Epidemiology Research

Alcohol Epidemiology Program Web Site
The mission of the AEP is to conduct advanced research to discover effective community and policy interventions to reduce alcohol-related social and health problems.
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Alcohol epidemiology is the study of the prevalence, determinants, and prevention of alcohol use and related problems. Alcohol use is associated with many public health problems including: traffic crashes, homicides, suicides, rapes and other assaults, drownings, and teenage pregnancies.

The focus of the EpiCH alcohol research program is the study of environmental factors that contribute to the development and prevention of alcohol-related problems. In particular, we study the effects of institutional and public policies that affect where and how alcohol is sold and consumed, and evaluate the effects of community organizing, law enforcement, coalitions and other efforts to reduce alcohol-related health and social problems.


Highlighted Projects


Alcohol Outlet Density, High Alcohol Content Beverages, and Homicide

Principal Investigator: Rhonda J. Jones-Webb
Investigators: Darin Erickson, Peter Hannan, Melanie Wall
Funding Agency: NIH-National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
The major goal of this project is the ecological study comparing alcohol outlet density and the promotion of high alcohol content malt beverages in minority, inner-city neighborhoods in 10 cities.


Effects of Economic Development Activities on Employment, Alcohol Outlet Density and Homicide in Three California Communities

Principal Investigator: Rhonda J. Jones-Webb
Investigators: Alexander C. Wagenaar, Samuel Meyers, William Craig
Funding Agency: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The specific aims of this two-year study are to: (1) evaluate the effects of the EZ/EC initiative on employment, alcohol outlet density, and homicide in Oakland and San Francisco from 1993-1998, (2) evaluate the effects of the EZ/EC initiative on employment, alcohol outlet density, and homicide in Santa Ana from 1993-2002, (3) investigate whether the effects of the EZ/EC program on employment, alcohol outlet density and homicide differ by funding level in Oakland and San Francisco, and (4) analyze the interrelationships between employment, alcohol outlet density, and homicide.


Propensity for Obtaining Alcohol Through Shoulder Tapping

Principal Investigator: Traci L. Toomey
Investigators: Darin Erickson
Funding Agency: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The major goal of this study is assessing the likelihood that randomly selected adults approached outside liquor stores will purchase alcohol for individuals who appear under age.


Assessment of Illegal Alcohol Sales, Patrons BAC Levels, Alcohol Control Policies, and Enforcement at Sport Stadiums

Principal Investigator: Traci L. Toomey
Investigators: Darin Erickson
Funding Agency: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
One goal of this study is to assess the likelihood of illegal alcohol sales to underage and intoxicated patrons at professional sport stadiums. Another goal is to assess the prevalence of law enforcement and alcohol control policies at these venues. In addition, will pilot test methods of measuring the BAC level of patrons leaving professional sporting events.


A Randomized Trial to Evaluate Project ARM

Principal Investigator: Traci L. Toomey
Investigators: Alexander C. Wagenaar, Cheryl Perry
Funding Agency: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
The study will evaluate effects of the Alcohol Risk Management (ARM) program, a well-developed, four-session training program for owners and managers of on-sale alcohol outlets (i.e., bars, restaurant). This one-on-one training program is designed to provide managers with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop responsible, outlet-specific, alcohol service and promotional policies.


Spatial and Temporal Effects of Alcohol Compliance Checks

Principal Investigator: Darin J. Erickson
Investigators: Traci Toomey
Funding Agency: NIAAA
This study is designed to use hierarchical bayesian modeling to examine spatiotemporal effects of both a deterrence- and a compliance-based intervention on sales behavior of alcohol retail establishments.


A Comprehensive Analysis of State Alcohol Policy Environment and its Effects

Principal Investigator: Darin J. Erickson
Investigators: Traci Toomey, Toben Nelson, Rhonda Jones-Webb
Funding Agency: NIAAA
This study is designed to identify different patterns of alcohol policies across states and assess whether these patterns are related to alcohol use and related problems.