Call for abstracts


We are pleased to announce that the 48th Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 5 to 9 June 2023.

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The primary purpose of the annual KBS symposium is to provide a forum for researchers involved in studies on alcohol to exchange ideas about their ongoing research. Therefore, empirical research, theoretical papers and reviews of the literature are welcome. Social and epidemiological studies are interpreted in a broad context as they may include research in a variety of disciplines, such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, criminology, economics, history, public health and other disciplines.

The Symposium focuses on discussion of pre-circulated papers. Papers are presented in 10-minute segments followed by a discussant's comments and general audience participation. Any person submitting a paper may be asked to be a discussant or chair of a session.

Researchers are invited to submit informative abstracts by 10 February 2023 to: choosing from the following topics: (a) theory & conceptual issues (drinking cultures, diagnostic classifications and concepts, history, anthropology and economics, ethical considerations); (b) epidemiology (drinking patterns & drinking consequences); (c) policy (public policies & role of the alcohol industry); (d) behaviour change, interventions & treatment; and (e) methodology (instruments & measurements, modelling & quantitative methods, qualitative and mixed approaches).

The word limit for the abstract is 250 words (maximum 3 keywords). The abstract must always include a sentence (Declaration of Interest) stating whether there exists any relationship that could be viewed as presenting a potential conflict of interest (if so, a full disclosure must be given)

PLEASE NOTE: The Symposium website ( is now accessible.

  • However, abstract submission and financial aid application webpages will open on 20 January 2023.
  • The deadline for submission of abstracts is 10 February 2023. Applications for financial aid close on 07 February 2023.
  • Date for notification of abstract and financial aid decisions is 15 March 2023.
  • Early career scientists who present papers at this year’s conference can apply for the Ole-Jørgen Skog Award. The deadline for sending in your contribution is 30 April 2023 (instructions on separate page).

Follow the KBS 2023 website news to stay up to date on recent developments!

Kind regards
on behalf of the Organising Committee,

Neo Morojele
Department of Psychology, University of Johannesburg

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