Thematic focus and keynote speakers
The aim of the assembly is to gather primarily Nordic researchers working with alcohol and drug related issues to discuss research on trends and developments in consumption, prevention and treatment.
1. Keynote speaker: Associate Professor Johan Edman (Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs SoRAD, Stockholm University, Sweden)
From best practice to national prestige? Welfare research and the knowledge-base of Swedish alcohol policy 1911–2009
The presentation focuses on one of three sub-studies: the investigation of the knowledge production and knowledge dissemination within Swedish alcohol policy during the years 1911–2009. Preliminary results regarding the ways in which public inquiry commissions have based their positions on research-based knowledge, and to what extent their conclusions have been the basis for government bills and legislation will be discussed. What knowledge is chosen or rejected? What are the roles of researchers and what other participants take part in the investigations? To what extent do the commission’s choice of research and researchers contribute to a shift in the problem formulation?
2. Keynote speaker: Professor Alex Stevens (University of Kent, UK)
Friends or foes? The roles of 'harm reduction' and 'recovery' in the treatment of drug dependence
Treatment approaches in the Nordic countries span from medically focused and long-term substitution regimes to strictly drug-free alternatives aiming at sobriety. In addition to ideological differences, financial constraints also influence the available treatment options. What are the dangers and opportunities of 'harm reduction' and 'recovery' in drug treatment? What is the scope for compatibility between the aims and practices of medically assisted and abstinence-based services? Can they be friends, or are they destined to be foes?
3. Keynote speakers: Professor Robin Room (Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University, Australia), Professor Pekka Sulkunen (University of Helsinki, Finland), Senior Researcher Pia Mäkelä (National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland)
Alcohol Control Policies in a Public Health Perspective – The Purple Book
In 1975, the Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies published a monograph ”Alcohol Control Policies in Public Health Perspective” by Kettil Bruun and others. The book made an effort at shifting the focus from the individual to the population – and policy. Forty-one years later, has the main theses endured the test of time? Is contemporary research still behind the claim that the average amount of alcohol consumption in a society directly affects the amount of problems experienced by the society? Do we still believe that the most effective way to reduce alcohol problems is through policies aimed at reducing total consumption?
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