Robin Room is Professor and Director of the Centre for
Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs, Stockholm University,
Stockholm, Sweden. At the time of preparing this paper, he was
Chief Scientist at the Addiction Research Foundation Division
of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, and
Professor (status only) in the Departments of Sociology,
Psychiatry and Public Health Sciences at the University of
Toronto. Dr Room is a sociologist, educated at Princeton and
the University of California, Berkeley. From 1977 to 1991, he
was Scientifi c Director of the Alcohol Research Group in
Berkeley, California, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of
Public Health at UC Berkeley.
Dr. Room is a member of the World Health Organization's Expert
Advisory Panel on Drug and Alcohol Dependence and a recipient
of the Jellinek Memorial Award for Alcohol Studies.