Dr. Norman Giesbrecht is a scientist emeritus with the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
Areas of Research
Dr. Giesbrecht’s research focuses on alcohol policy development in local, provincial and national settings, risks and benefits of alcohol consumption, risk factors for chronic disease, and the roles of research, public opinion and special interests in alcohol policy development. He studies trends in access to alcohol and drinking-related problems, drinking-related trauma and chronic disease, and community-based prevention initiatives. For example, Dr. Giesbrecht is examining the implications of trends in overall alcohol consumption and high-risk drinking and the damage to the health and well-being of the community. He also studies trends in public support for effective alcohol policies and interventions in contrast to changes in overall consumption and drinking patterns. Dr. Giesbrecht is editing a collection of papers from Latin America, Europe, North America and Australia focusing on population-level analyses and perspectives on alcohol problems and their prevention. Along with colleagues at Yale University and CAMH, he is finalizing a monograph on a comparison of drinking and driving policies in Canada and the United States.
Giesbrecht N, Ialomiteanu A, Anglin L, Adlaf E. Alcohol marketing and retailing: Public opinion and recent alcohol policy developments in Canada. Journal of Substance Use. In press.
Giesbrecht N, Haydon E. Community-based interventions and alcohol, tobacco and other drugs: Foci, outcomes and implications. Drug and Alcohol Review. 2006;25: 633-646.
Giesbrecht N. Alcohol policy in Canada: Reflections on the role of the alcohol industry. Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (English supplement). 2006;23: 445-466.
Rehm J, Giesbrecht N, Patra J, Roerecke M. Estimating chronic disease deaths and hospitalizations due to alcohol use in Canada in 2002: Implications for policy and prevention strategies. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2006;3, (4). Advance online publication.
Giesbrecht, N, Room R, Demers A, Lindquist E, Ogborne A, Bondy S, Stoduto G. Alcohol policies: Is there a future for public health considerations in a commerce-oriented environment? In: Giesbrecht N, Demers A, Ogborne,A, Room R Stoduto G, Lindquist E. (eds.). Sober Reflections: Commerce, Public Health, and the Evolution of Alcohol Policy in Canada. 1980-2000, pp. 289-329. Montreal, McGill-Queen’s University Press. 2006.
Giesbrecht N, Ialomiteanu A, Anglin L. Drinking patterns and perspectives on alcohol policy: Results from two Ontario Surveys. Alcohol & Alcoholism. 2005;40(2): 132-139.
Giesbrecht N, Johson S, Anglin L, Greenfield TK, Kavanagh, L. Alcohol advertising policies in the United States: National promotion and control initiatives. Contemporary Drug Problems. 2004;31 (Winter): 673-710.
Giesbrecht N, Greenfield TK. Preventing alcohol-related problems in the US through policy: Media campaigns, regulatory approaches and environmental interventions. Journal of Primary Prevention. 2003;24 (1): 63-104.
Babor T, Caetano R, Casswell S, Edwards G, Giesbrecht N, Graha, K, Grube J, Gruenewald P, Hill L, Holder H, Romel R, Österberg E, Rehm J, Room R, Rossow, R. Alcohol, No Ordinary Commodity: Research and Public Policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2003.
Giesbrecht N, Ialomiteanu A, Room R, Anglin L. Trends in public opinion on alcohol-policy measures: Ontario 1989-1998. Journal of Studies on Alcohol. 2001;62(2): 142-149.