CISA was conceived in 2003 by Professor Arthur Guerra de Andrade, with the purpose of creating a specific, reliable and accessible data base on alcohol and its health effects. In February, 2004, the project obtained the financial support from AmBev – Companhia de Bebidas das Américas and since 2005 has been qualified as a Civil Society Organizations of Public Interest (OSCIP). Professor Arthur Guerra and Ambev have agreed that the financial support given by the company would not mean any kind of interference by the company in the works of the team responsible for the technical and scientific information. Thus, Professor Arthur Guerra and his team are fully responsible for any information on the theme.
In April, 2004, CISA 1st General Meeting took place. During this meeting, three Councils were elected: Deliberative Council, Scientific Council and Fiscal Council.
Among other tasks, the members of the Administrative Council are responsible for the approval and execution of CISA’s annual schedule, for the preparation of an annual report, for the hiring and dismissal of employees and establishing the guidelines for the CISA’s activities. The Scientific Council analyses the origin, content and quality of the technical research information and the material to be broadcasted in CISA’s website. The Fiscal Council is responsible for inspecting management actions, having free access to all accounting and company books and documents necessary to check the regular application of CISA’s resources.
Center for Information on Health and Alcohol (CISA) is a non-profit non-governmental organization (NGO), whose main purpose is to generate a source of information on health and alcohol. The Center has a data base with information from nationally and internationally renowned publications, official data (governmental) and quality information published in newspapers and magazines aiming at the general public.
• Believes in the importance of ethical correctness and transparency when obtaining and broadcasting updated and impartial knowledge in the areas of health and alcohol, and is ready to collaborate with public policies efficiently approaching the theme.
• Is committed to the advancement of knowledge in the health and alcohol areas and encourages actions to prevent the alcohol abuse and problems related to its incorrect use.
CISA was created because the general public, students, health professionals, researchers and companies were lacking quality information about alcohol and its relations with the body, mind and society.
Mission, Vision and Values
• To provide scientific information on the relationship between health and alcohol.
• To be a reference in the dissemination of scientific data about the binomial health and alcohol.
• Ethical rigor, transparency and commitment to the advancement of knowledge in this area
The CISA considers unacceptable the consumption of alcoholic beverages under the following circumstances:
• Under 18 years old.
• Situations in which the full attention and reaction are required, such as direction of automotive vehicles and operating machinery.
• People with alcohol dependence or use of drugs whose effects may be altered by concurrent use of alcohol.