We studied associations between discrimination and alcohol outcomes. We can report that more discrimination events can lead to more alcohol problems. This is true among HIV + and HIV - gay/bi men. Additionally, reporting more discrimination experiences was associated with drinking more frequently for sexual reasons among both groups.
In a recent special issue of Alcohol Research: Current Reviews, a peer-reviewed publication that reviews the latest in alcohol research and is published by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), we were invited to review the latest available scientific research on using mobile devices to study behavior, and its potential to improve health. The special issue focused on mobile health (mHealth) research, so we fit right in! Pretty cool!
In a paper we published in the journal AIDS & Behavior, we showed that "behavior diaries" collected using mobile devices could help us understand the everyday influences on the decisions gay/bi men make about drinking, drug use, and sex. This could be the first step toward using this data to help people change their behavior through the mobile devices they carry with them everywhere.