Addiction and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe Reframing Addictions Project (ALICE RAP)

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A five-year European research project that analyses the challenges posed by addictive legal and illegal substances and lifestyles to the cohesion, organisation and functioning of contemporary Eu­ropean society. The project is divided into seven areas and 21 work packages (three in each area), making up an integrated multidisciplinary research strategy encompassing his­tory of addiction, classification and definition of addic­tions, policy analyses, the business of addiction, youth as customers, the impacts of new technologies on use, the interrelations of culture and biology and many other areas. The results of the research, conferences and meetings are publicly available on the project’s web­page.

Alcohol Policy Blog

Organisation: Alcohol Academy
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Aims to help the alcohol field stay up to date with news and reviews of new reports, research, and policies relating to a range of alcohol issues.

Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Health: Current Evidence

Organisation: Boston Medical Center produced in cooperation with the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health
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 A free online newsletter from the Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine summarizing the latest clinically relevant research on alcohol, illicit drugs, and health. Through summaries of important alcohol and other drug research published in peer-reviewed journals, downloadable teaching presentations, free CME credit for physicians, and feature articles on substance-abuse research ethics, the newsletter provides valuable information to improve clinical teaching, practice, and research. The newsletter also includes a dedicated section on HIV/HCV as it relates to alcohol and other drug use.

Australian Drug Information Network (ADIN)

Organisation: Australian Drug Foundation

Australian Drug Foundation's  directory for information on alcohol, other drugs and mental health, with links to treatment services, research, statistics, guidelines, journals, policy, campaigns, events, curriculum, professional development opportunities and more.

British Medical Association Report on Drugs of Dependence

Organisation: British Medical Association
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 Publication that examines the international evidence and legislative frameworks across the world as part of its assertion that current UK drug policy should be explored, and that health should be at the centre of the debate. It collates and analyses the evidence relating to drug dependency, including the scale of the problem; treatment and medical management; the development of UK drug policy over time, including the legal framework underpinning the current approach; and the role of healthcare professionals in tackling the problem. It concludes that drug dependency is a medical condition as well as a legal problem and that alternatives to the current approach to UK drug policy should focus on health.

Cannabis Cohort Research Consortium (CCRC)

Organisation: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW, Australia

The Cannabis Cohort Research Consortium (CCRC) is led from Australia and it started from the need to addressquestions about the relationship between cannabis, other drug use, life-course outcomes and mental health in children and young adults. The CCRC is a multi-organisational and multi-disciplinary international collaboration of researchers from across the disciplines of psychiatry, psychology, child and adolescent health, cannabis and other substance use, biomedicine, health and development, prevention, intervention and knowledge translation. The Consortium brings together researchers from some of the largest and most prolific longitudinal studies in the world.


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A global independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making the vast amounts of evidence generated through research useful for informing decisions about health. Cochrane Reviews are systematic reviews of primary research in human health care and health policy, and are internationally recognised as the highest standard in evidence-based health care. They investigate the effects of interventions for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. They also assess the accuracy of a diagnostic test for a given condition in a specific patient group and setting. Cochrane Reviews are published online in The Cochrane Library.

College Drinking

Organisation: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

College Drinking: Changing the Culture, created by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) in the USA is a one-stop resource for research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students.


Organisation: NIDA

Digital repository of resources created by and about NIDA's National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN). It provides a single point of access to research findings and other materials that are approved for dissemination throughout the CTN and to the larger community of providers, researchers and policy-makers.

Drug and Alcohol Findings

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Provides summaries of recent and new research with implications for drug and alcohol interventions and treatments

Drug Science

Organisation: Drug Science

An independent science-led drugs charity comprising drugs experts from a wide range of specialisms to carry out ground-breaking original research into drug harms and effects. Resources include list of publications and cited articles, and information on drug effects, harms and potential medical uses to the public, professionals and decision makers.

EMCDDA Data on Drugs in Europe

Organisation: European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
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Published annually this data collated by the EMCDDA that cover a broad range of areas including the most recent estimates of treatment and prevalence; drug-related infectious diseases; high risk drug use estimates; levels of drug-related deaths; drug-related crime in the form of drug seizures, types of offence, price, purity and use in prison; and country responses to the drug situation in Europe.


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“EU-MADNESS” stands for “EUropean-wide, Monitoring, Analysis and knowledge Dissemination on Novel/Emerging pSychoactiveS”.  The objective is to develop integrated monitoring and profiling of novel psychoactive substances (NPS) in Europe in order to prevent health harms and update relevant professionals. The project aims to monitor, test, profile, and feed back into education and prevention knowledge relating to the types of NPS emerging, their associated characteristics, and potential harms.

I-Trend (Internet Tools for Research in Europe on New Drugs)

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A European research project (Czech Republic, France, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom) which aims to help prevent health and social harms associated with new/novel psychoactive substances (NPS), or ‘new synthetic drugs’. Using a combination of data sources (e.g. law enforcement seizures, evidence on increased interest in NPS among users, NPS-related fatalities) and consultations with key stakeholders, each country will develop a top list of NPS for in-depth investigation.

International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute

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Research institute with brief to foster evidence-based exploration of the therapeutic applicability of cannabis-based medicines.

Local Alcohol Profiles for England

Organisation: Public Health England
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An interactive data tool that presents data for 26 alcohol-related indicators. It also provides links to further supporting and relevant information to aid understanding of alcohol-related harm in a local population. A guide can be found here.


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LOCAL PASS (European): A LOCAL approach towards the reduction of PsychoActive Substance uSe. It aims to develop an effective, standardised local system for identification and assessment of new developments in psychoactive substance use and an effective plan for local interventions.

Local Tobacco Control Profiles for England (Public Health England)

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Provides a snapshot of the extent of tobacco use, tobacco related harm, and measures being taken to reduce this harm at a local level in England

Mortality among drug users in Europe: new and old challenges for public health

Organisation: European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
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An EMCDDA paper looking at the overall number of lives lost due to drug use across nine European countries. All-cause mortality among problem drug users is investigated by means of cohort studies, which link data from death registries to drug treatment record.

National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT)

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Supports the delivery of effective evidence-based tobacco control programmes and smoking cessation interventions provided by local stop smoking services. It works with and for the field to deliver training and assessment programmes, support services for local and national providers and conduct research into behavioural support for smoking cessation. It provides online training in smoking cessation; smoking data and evidence-based resources.

New Drug Seminars

Organisation: University of Kent

 The University of Kent is running a series of Economic and Social Research Council seminars on new psychoactive drugs. The accompanying website contains news of the seminars, social research, podcasts and briefing papers.

Office for National Statistics: Lifestyle Survey

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A report on cigarette smoking, looking at adults in Great Britain. Provides figures on the proportion who smoke cigarettes by various demographic breakdowns and changes over time. Also covers cigarette consumption and preliminary findings on e-cigarette use.

Over the Counter Codeine Use Misuse and Dependence

Organisation: Codemisused

This collaboration aims to estimate and gain further understanding into the extent of codeine use, misuse and dependence in Ireland, the UK and South Africa, in order to design protective mechanisms for pharmacies to be able to track, monitor, support and refer for treatment

SALIS (Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists)

Organisation: Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists
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An international association of individuals and organizations with special interests in the exchange and dissemination of information on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD). Resources provided include listings of addiction journals, databases and new books.An ongoing project from  SALIS is its Internet Archive Digitization ("Digs")  Collection, international in coverage includes digitised full-text books, reports, documents, and other literature. Its subjects include both legal and illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco, the use and misuse of chemicals, the role of education and prevention, physical health and mental health aspects, drug policy, legal issues, and more.

Scottish Addiction Studies Library

Organisation: Stirling University
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A library of links to online documents and other addiction databases, including an Instrument Bank. This resource specialises in full-text documents, most of which are available for download.

Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS)

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A Scotland wide survey on smoking, drinking and drug use. It is conducted on a biennial basis, targeting secondary school pupils in local authority and independent schools. Latest report published November 2014

Specialist substance misuse treatment for young people in England, 2013 to 2014

Organisation: Public Health England
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Report published January 2015 that contains the latest statistics on specialist substance misuse treatment for young people in England during 2013 and 2014. Data show that specialist substance misuse services in England continue to respond well to the needs of young people with alcohol and drug problems. Headline figures show 19,126 young people received help for alcohol or drug problems, with 71% having cannabis as their main problem drug; 79% of young people left services having successfully completed their treatment.

Statistical bulletin: Adult Drinking Habits in Great Britain, 2013

Organisation: Office for National Statistics
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Figures from the Office National Statistics show that between 2005 and 2013 there was a small but gradual increase, from 19% to 21%, in the proportion of adults who said that they do not drink alcohol at all (teetotallers), with a fall also in binge drinking

The Brief Addiction Science Information Source (BASIS)

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BASIS is a product of the Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital that provides information related to addiction and to the latest scientific developments and resources in the field.