Thinking about Drinking: An Introduction to the Social Dynamics of Drinking Behavior

February 9, 2016 -

3:15pm to 4:15pm

PITT Public Health Office of the Dean &

Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences present

Paul Gruenewald, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist & Scientific Director

Prevention Research Center (PRC),

Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE)


This talk will introduce new approaches to understanding and modeling the social foundations of drinking and associated risks for alcohol abuse, problems and dependence.  The approaches are strongly ecological, computational, and analytic.  I argue that the social determinants of "having a drink" are multi-scale and complex, but analytically tractable.  As such, drinking behaviors, understood as a whole, constitute a model social system that can be studied to elucidate the essential social dynamics of drug use, abuse and dependence.  I begin to chart a course through this territory to enable future social ecological research to prevent alcohol problems.

Location and Address

University of Pittsburgh

Graduate School of Public Health--Room A115 Crabtree Hall

130 DeSoto Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Directions and Parking Information

on street metered parking

O'Hara Garage; Soldiers & Sailors Garage