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GENACIS: gender, alcohol and culture: an international study

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GENACIS is a collaborative project developed by the work of the International Research Group on Gender and Alcohol (IRGGA), an international group of alcohol researchers affiliated with the Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol.

The GENACIS Project is coordinated by IRGGA members at the University of North Dakota, the University of South Denmark, the Free University of Berlin, and Addiction Info Switzerland. Support for participants of the project comes from the European Union, the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the World Health Organization, the German Federal Ministry of Health, and the Swiss Federal Office of Education and Science. Support for individual country surveys was provided by government agencies and other national sources.

Its objectives are:

  • to compare within countries men's and women's drinking patterns and drinking contexts; to compare across countries men's and women's drinking patterns and contexts, and gender differences in drinking patterns and contexts.
  • To compare within countries men's and women's alcohol-related problems, to compare across countries the prevalence of men's and women's alcohol problems, and gender differences in problem prevalence.
  • To compare, within countries and across countries, the experience of violence in close relationships as regards men's and women's drinking behaviour.
  • To compare, within countries and across countries, gender differences in social inequalities in alcohol use/abuse and the influence of social role combinations on heavy use.
  • To analyse how societal-level factors (e.g., gender equality, drinking culture norms) predict women's and men's alcohol use and alcohol-related problems in various regions of Europe and elsewhere. Using centralized data analysis and standardised measures, the study will improve upon previous international and European alcohol research and better inform European Public Health policy by identifying gender differences in "at-risk" subgroups and by seeking to better specify and understand the differing correlates and conditions of problematic alcohol use between the genders.
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