Jürgen Rehm, Ph.D. has been appointed the Inaugural Chair for Addiction Policy at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health of the University of Toronto. In addition he holds positions at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Toronto, Canada) as Director of the Social and Epidemiological Research Department and Head of the PAHO WHO Collaborating Centre, and at the Institute for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy of the Technical University Dresden (Germany). Dr. Rehm has published more than 600 peer-reviewed publications in addiction research, comprising studies in epidemiology, economics and clinical research, the latter especially in the area of treatment evaluation. He is listed among the ISI/Thompson Reuters most highly cited in the fields of social research and epidemiology and has been awarded the Jellinek Award, the most prestigious award in alcohol research. He has served as consultant to many countries, and is currently member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel of on Drug Dependence and Alcohol Problems.
Alcohol treatment policy and the AMPHORA project
The AMPHORA project had established alcohol-attributable burden for 30 European countries. Moreover, it was shown, that the majority of alcohol-attributable mortality and burden of disease was caused by alcohol dependence and other alcohol use disorders. Treatment rates in Europe were found generally low, and there were huge differences between different European countries in handling treatment and brief interventions for problem drinkers. Implications for making treatment policies more effective will be discussed; these include increasing the current treatment rates and implementing different forms of interventions across the spectrum from risky use to severely dependent alcohol dependence in addition to more general policies for reducing the harmful use of alcohol. In addition, the role of stigmatization in alcohol treatment policies will be discussed.