Alcohol & HIV


Alcohol & HIV, presented by Beth Rutkowski, MPH

In this webinar, Ms. Rutkowski provides HIV clinicians with a detailed overview of alcohol abuse and the behavioral and medical approaches for treating alcohol-addicted individuals.

Learning Objectives

  • Define at least three key terms related to alcohol and at-risk drinking
  • Review the neurobiology, medical consequences, and epidemiology of alcohol abuse
  • Discuss the intersection of alcohol use and HIV/AIDS
  • Explain the key concepts of at least one effective behavioral intervention and one medical intervention for alcohol abuse and addiction

Beth Rutkowski received her Master of Public Health degree, with an emphasis on epidemiology and quantitative methods, from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health. She has been associated with UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) since December 2000, and currently serves as the Associate Director of Training. The majority of Ms. Rutkowski’s time is devoted to the SAMHSA-supported Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Training Center, where she assists in the development of training packages based on evidence-based substance use disorders research and targeted to the community at large. In addition, she organizes and conducts conferences and trainings throughout the Pacific Southwest region (Region 9, covering AZ, CA, HI, NV, and the six Pacific Jurisdictions) on scientifically validated interventions and topics, such as substance use disorders research and policy, methamphetamine abuse, process improvement strategies to improve client engagement and retention in treatment, SBIRT, HIV and drug abuse, substance abuse epidemiology, medication-assisted treatment, and best practices in addiction treatment.

Downloads and Links


    • Alcohol and HIV: What Clinicians Need to Know (4802 KB)