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KBS 2010 - 36th Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society in Lausanne, May 31- June 4, 2010

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The principal aims of the KBS are to instigate social, epidemiological, and cross-cultural research on alcohol use, to promote the exchange of scientific knowledge and experiences among researchers from various disciplines and to encourage international collaboration. The comparison of social and epidemiological developments found in different countries makes it possible to disentangle major trends from underlying patterns of alcohol use. This is particularly useful for the development of effective strategies to regulate alcohol use - an aspect which is of great interest in many countries. (Kettil Bruun Society websiteExternal link)

The primary purpose of the symposium is to provide a forum where researchers involved in studies on alcohol can exchange ideas about their ongoing research. The scope of the symposium includes studies of determinants and consequences of drinking, drinking practices, attitudes and the social and institutional responses to drinking related harms. Empirical research, theoretical papers and reviews of the literature are welcome. Epidemiology is broadly construed and includes research in a variety of disciplines, such as psychology, sociology, criminology, economics, history and other disciplines.

The Symposium focuses on the discussion of papers that are pre-circulated electronically at this website. Papers are presented in 10-minute segments, followed by commentst from the discussant and general audience participation. Any person who submits a paper may be asked to be a discussant or chair of a session.

Pre-symposium workshops and special meetings will be held on Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30.

The symposium sessions will be held at the "Alpha Palmiers" Hotel Rue du Petit-Chêne 34, 1003 Lausanne.

The organizers want to thank the following organisations for their financial support :
Swiss Foundation of Alcohol Research Swiss National Science Foundation
Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences



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