Facts & Statistics on Underage Drinking
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Dr. Gilbert conducts research to understand and address alcohol-related disparities. He is particularly interested in the ways that gender, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation shape drinking patterns, risk of alcohol use disorders, and use of treatment services. Among current projects, he is launching a national, NIH-funded study to investigate how people define recovery when they don’t seek treatment, the behavior change strategies leading to resolution of a drinking problem without treatment, and how untreated recovery may vary by gender and race/ethnicity. In addition, Dr. Gilbert is completing an interview study that was funded by a New Faculty Research Award from the College of Public Health to identify and describe the strategies people in Iowa have used to overcome alcohol problems when they don’t utilize treatment services. Additionally, he has recently completed a study of Iowa’s social host liability law that was supported by the Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy and will be presenting findings on teenagers’ use of e-cigarettes and other substances at the 2019 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.