Alcohol and Drug Epidemiology | Research at the EPiCSS group

The research in the EPiCSS group addresses multiple themes related to the short and long term health and social effects of substance use, identification of at-risk groups for harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco and drugs, the possibilities for preventive interventions at individual and community levels, and the development of more effective treatment.

Research projects

The importance of alcohol and drug use on the disease burden

Project contact: Anna-Karin Danielsson, Peter Allebeck

In collaboration with the Global Burden of Disease Project (GBD) and the Institute for Health metrics and Evaluation (IHME), we have several research projects ongoing focusing on disease burden attributed to alcohol and drug use.


Alcohol-attributed disease burden in four Nordic countries: a comparison using the Global Burden of Disease, Injuries and Risk Factors 2013 study.
Agardh EE, Danielsson AK, Ramstedt M, Ledgaard Holm A, Diderichsen F, Juel K, et al
Addiction 2016 10;111(10):1806-13

Alcohol-attributed disease burden and alcohol policies in the BRICS-countries during the years 1990-2013.
Rabiee R, Agardh E, Coates MM, Allebeck P, Danielsson AK
J Glob Health 2017 Jun;7(1):010404

Cannabis use and health

Project contact: Anna-Karin Danielsson

Recent attempts to estimate the global and regional prevalence, as well as health and social consequences of cannabis use have highlighted substantial gaps in existing knowledge. This project aims at increasing the understanding of cannabis use-related morbidity and dependence.


Cannabis, Tobacco, Alcohol Use, and the Risk of Early Stroke: A Population-Based Cohort Study of 45 000 Swedish Men.
Falkstedt D, Wolff V, Allebeck P, Hemmingsson T, Danielsson AK
Stroke 2017 02;48(2):265-270

Cannabis use, depression and anxiety: A 3-year prospective population-based study.
Danielsson AK, Lundin A, Agardh E, Allebeck P, Forsell Y
J Affect Disord 2016 Mar;193():103-8

Parental substance use in relation to health and social achievement among the off-spring

Project contact: Anna-Karin Danielsson

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in examining consequences of substance use in people other than the user, also known as `harm to others´. We will examine to what extent substance use among parents affect social and health consequences in children.


Fathers’ alcohol consumption and risk of alcohol-related hospitalization in offspring before 60 years of age. Tomas Hemmingsson, Anna-Karin Danielsson & Daniel Falkstedt (2016). Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 24:1, 3-8, DOI: 10.1080/09687637.2016.1186154