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Swiss Research Institute for Public Health and Addiction


In Switzerland, alcohol is mainly consumed as a stimulant or intoxicating substance, often in the form of wine, beer and less frequently as spirits (Source: EAV 2013). The majority of people in Switzerland drink without developing any problems. However, according to WHO guidelines, an average daily consumption of more than 20 grams of pure alcohol (which corresponds to about two glasses of wine) for a woman and more than 40 grams for a man significantly increases the health risks. The transition from problematic to dependent/addictive alcohol consumption is fluid. Alcohol consumption is now the fifth most important factor in the burden of disease in Europe (GBD 2010), with around 1,600 people in Switzerland dying as a result of alcohol consumption in 2011 (Marmet et al., 2013). This corresponds to one in 10 premature deaths among men and one in 17 among women. Injuries and accidents, various types of cancer and liver cirrhosis  are the cause of most alcohol-related deaths. 

The ISGF is currently using new media to find innovative ways to combat the teenage binge drinking. The ISGF also aims to find was to optimize aftercare after outpatient alcohol treatment by means of new media. On the other hand, the ISGF has carried out analyses of the treatment of alcoholics in Switzerland and is collecting figures on problematic drinking in Swiss nightlife.

Current projects


  • Take Care of Me
    Testing the Efficacy of an Online Self-Help Treatment for Comorbid Alcohol Misuse and Emotional Problems inYoung Adult Manitobans: A Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT)
  • Drink Less
    Two-arm randomized controlled web-based trial that that investigates the effectiveness of the WHO self-help intervention Drink Less
  • MobileCoach Alcohol (App)
    Development and implementation of the MobileCoach Alcohol to reduce high-risk alcohol consumption among young people.
  • IFF - Implementation of F+F
    Study on the sensitisation and implementation of early detection and intervention measures in old people's and nursing homes, Spitex companies and quality circles of (primary) physicians to improve the mental health of older people
    Internet-based Stepped Care for Alcohol Use in Denmark