Australian version of the Gothenburg system

Researchers at the Faculty of Social Sciences had the rare opportunity to listen to CEACG guest Australian social anthropologist Maggie Brady on Friday. Her work has involved fieldwork dealing with Indigenous health and land issues in different parts of the Australian continent.

In her new book “Teaching ‘Proper’ Drinking? Clubs And Pubs In Indigenous Australia” she describes the “spontaneous” North Australian version of the Gothenburg system of community owned hotels and bars that control drinking and revenues from selling alcohol in order to instill social order and safety.

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The small seminar was arranged together with the journal Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (NAD).

Lehdistötiedote: Sosiaalisen median alkoholimainonta ja rahapelaaminen pinnalla 25.5.

Helsingin yliopiston Riippuvuuksien, yhteiskunnallisen hallinnan ja sääntelyn tutkimuskeskus (Centre for Addiction, Control and Governance, CEACG) esittelee perjantaina 25.toukokuuta kello 13-16 järjestettävässä seminaarissa uusia tutkimustuloksiaan. Seminaarissa käsitellään elämäntapojen sääntelyyn liittyviä kysymyksiä kuten rahapelipolitiikkaa, alkoholimarkkinointia ja sitä, mitä yhteiskunnallista relevanssia on addiktion aivosairausmallilla.

CEACG:in tutkimushankkeessa on tarkasteltu, miten uusi alkoholimainontaa koskeva sääntely on näkynyt sosiaalisen median alkoholimainonnassa ja onko globaalien sosiaalisen median ympäristöjen sääntely kansallisella lainsäädännöllä edes mahdollista. Vertailukohtana tutkimuksessa on käytetty Ruotsia, jossa vastaavaa sääntelyä ei vielä ole.
Alustavien tulosten mukaan lailla ei näyttäisi olleen vaikutusta mainonnan volyymiin, mutta kuluttajien sisältöjen käyttö osana mainontaa on vähentynyt. Lainvastaisiksi tulkittavien mainontasisältöjen käyttö on ollut vähäistä jo ennen lain voimaanastumista. Tulokset viittaavat siihen, että lain merkitys on ollut pikemminkin ennaltaehkäisevä.

Kansalaiset suhtautuvat ristiriitaisesti Veikkaukseen

Suomen rahapeliyhtiöt Veikkaus, Raha-automaattiyhdistys ja Finntoto yhdistyivät vuonna 2017. CEACG-yksikössä on meneillään tutkimushanke, joka tarkastelee ryhmähaastattelujen avulla suomalaisten näkemyksiä rahapelaamisen sääntelystä sekä rahapelimonopolin toiminnasta sekä käsityksiä siitä, miten rahapelituotot tulisi käyttää.
Alustavat tulokset paljastavat, että suomalaiset suhtautuvat Veikkauksen toimintaan ja pelien mainontaan ja saatavuuteen arjen keskellä ristiriitaisesti. Monopoliasemassa olevaa Veikkausta kuitenkin pidetään ”pienempänä pahana” kuin kansainvälisiä rahapeliyhtiöitä. Veikkauksen oikeutus perustuu erityisesti sen yleishyödylliseen toimintaan: monet haastateltavista pitivät positiivisena sitä, että Veikkauksen voitoilla tuetaan yleishyödyllistä toimintaa, esimerkiksi nuorten harrastustoimintaa.
Seminaarissa avataan lisää näitä tuloksia.

Seminaari järjestetään osoitteessa: Snellmaninkatu 12, 2. kerros, huone 210, Social- och kommunalhögskolan.

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New project on agency

CEACG-researcher Petteri Koivula is initiating his doctoral dissertation project on how agency is construed and reproduced through the epistemic project of brain-based addiction.
The project Brain-based addiction: Implications for views on agency (AGENCY) will ask how the epistemic project of brain-based addiction comes about and its implications for persons who suffer from the problems. The study inquires into how agency of people with addictions materializes in the implementation of the Brain Disease Model of Addiction (BDMA) in general epistemic and popular constructs; in policy and practice and in treatment settings. The project, which is entangled with the A-BRAIN consortium, has cooperation partners in Canada and in Germany.
Koivula, who has previously worked at the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), started as a research assistant at the CEACG in April. He recently finalized his master’s thesis from the University of Turku concerning psychedelic drug use experiences.
During the work with his dissertation Petteri will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki.

Registration open: “Studying society through lifestyle regulation”

Finding the right amount and sort of support for people in enhancing their wellbeing and good health is at the heart of the current restructuring of the social and health field. During this seminar we will tie ongoing research by the CEACG to topical societal questions in a procession of snapshot presentations. Themes include gambling policy, alcohol marketing and the societal use of brain-based knowledge on addiction. The seminar ends at 4 pm with a toast to new projects and colleagues.

Time: 25th May 2018, 13.00–16.00 (reception 16-17)
Place: Room 210, 2nd floor, Snellmaninkatu 12, the Swedish School of Social Science
Click here for Registration (before 21 May 2018)

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The A-BRAIN project’s first meeting

The A-BRAIN research consortium had its first work meeting in Toronto 26-28.3.2018. In the picture, from left Patricia Conrod, Sarah Forberger, Michael Egerer, Matilda Hellman, Jürgen Rehm. Jeffrey Wardell, Elroy Boers, Christian Hendershot.
Missing from picture: Anna Alanko, John Cunningham, Doris Ochterbeck, Petteri Koivula

New analysis on gambling research in the Nordics

A new article published in Addiction Research and Theory reviews the gambling literature published by Nordic researchers. The study, which is conducted by Johanna Nordmyr and Anna K. Forsman at Åbo Akademy University, shows that most publications stem from Finland, followed by Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland. The University of Helsinki and the National Institute for Health and Welfare are the main gambling research producers in Finland. Continue reading

Debate article on marketing of alcohol

Asking consumers to recommend alcohol products and give ideas on their use in interactive mass media platforms is an enormous and cheap marketing resource for the alcohol industry. Swedish regulation and supervision is lagging behind, writes CEACG-researchers Matilda Hellman, Mikaela Lindeman and Johan Svensson in a debate article in the Metro paper this morning. Read the debate article here.

Lifestyle diseases: Responsibility and Ethics

The CEACG is arranging the conference Lifestyle diseases: Responsibility and Ethics in Helsinki 11 -12 June 2018 together with the Nordic Committee on Bioethics, a committee underneath NordForsk. A programme draft can be found here: Lifestyle Disease – Responsibility and Ethics

Background and Scope: Non-communicable diseases (NCD), such as arteriosclerotic vascular disease, heart diseases and stroke, osteoporosis and Type II diabetes, are associated with certain behavioral choices and ways of living. According to Eurostat and the WHO, life expectancy in Europe is currently decreasing due to smoking, drinking and obesity. Continue reading

NEW ERA-NET PROJECT STARTS TODAY

The official start day of the new A-BRAIN project is today, the 1st of March, 2018. The A-BRAIN project (2018-2021) concerns the implementation of the Brain Disease Model of Addiction (BDMA) and its possible implications for policy and practice. Seen in a wider perspective the project asks what it means when epistemic dogma starts situating the problems of addiction in the brain. How can this kind of knowledge be used and implemented in the most fruitful, sound and ethical ways? How can societies utilize the valuable parts of these discoveries and how does it change the ways in which we deal with addiction? Continue reading