Interagency Work Group on Drinking and Drug Use in Women and Girls
- 2022 National Conference on Alcohol and Other Substance Use in Women and Girls: Advances in Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery took place virtually October 20 and 21, 2022. The primary objectives of the conference included the following:
1) Disseminate findings from the latest research on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of harmful alcohol use and other harmful substance use among girls and women, including strategies to prevent HIV infection and progression and substance-exposed pregnancies;
2) Develop a coalition of stakeholder organizations and researchers to devise a blueprint for a comprehensive public–private response to ameliorate harmful substance use among women and girls;
3) Promote recovery and reduce stigma among girls and women living with problematic substance use, including those living with comorbidities, such as HIV/AIDS; and
4) Discuss strategies to increase community engagement and participation in research on harmful substance use and multimorbidities in women and girls across the lifespan.
- 2017 National Conference on Alcohol and Opioid Use Among Women and Girls - The overarching goal of the 2017 National Conference on Alcohol and Opioid Use in Women and Girls was to review some of the key findings from current research on the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of harmful alcohol, opioid, and other substance use among women and girls, and on best approaches to sustaining recovery. Equally important, organizers sought to identify important directions for future research and to provide a platform for the development of a coordinated public-private response to the current crisis in women's mental health; a response that is equally respectful of findings from the latest research on harmful substance use among women and girls and of the collective wisdom of practitioners, administrators, and policymakers serving on the front lines. Based on early feedback from conference participants, we believe that NIAAA, the conference planning committee (the Interagency Work Group on Drinking and Drug Use in Women and Girls) and our federal partners--the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Office of AIDS Research, and Office of Research on Women's Health, NIH, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration--were highly successful in meeting these initial goals and in providing a setting where stakeholders from diverse professional backgrounds could be energized and motivated to start new collaborations and to strengthen existing ones.
- White Paper on substance use among women and girls - IWG developed a white paper based on the 2017 National Conference proceedings. The paper is available to download.
- Virtual Issue of Alcohol Clinical and Experimental Research (ACER) - A product of the National Conference publications committee, this online issue of ACER is based on a review of the current literature encompassing all aspects of substance use among women and girls. The full issue was published in April 2019 and includes the cover article, “Alcohol and Women: A Brief Overview.”
- Quarterly Webinars on Mental Health Problems and Substance Use Among Women and Girls - Past webinars have focused on substance use among Hispanic women and girls, the prevalence of FASD, substance use among adolescent girls, how stigma affects women’s access to treatment for SUDs, and online research methods, among other topics.
- “Reductions in Drinking as Measured by WHO Risk Drinking Levels and Associations with Health and Functioning: Consistency in Population Studies and Clinical Trials.” Held October 1, 2021.
- The 2022 National Conference on Alcohol and Other Substance Use in Women and Girls: Advances in Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery held October 20 - 21, 2022.
For more information, contact:
Deidra Roach, MD
Joan Romaine, MPH, MS, LGPC, NCC