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

Web Address: http://www.alicerap.eu/

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.

Addiction Education

Organisation: Dr Vanessa Crawford: Former Consultant, Addiction Psychiatrist
Web Address: http://www.addictioneducation.co.uk/

Provides addiction resources, research, films, treatment, and drug information.

Addiction Treatment Forum

Web Address: http://atforum.com/

A US site offering substance abuse news of interest to opioid treatment programs and patients in methadone maintenance treatment.


Web Address: http://www.adfam.org.uk/

Its mission is to improve support for families affected by drug and alcohol use. Provides support materials and training specifically for families and professionals. Campaigns both locally and nationally for improved family support services.

Advice for prescribers on the risk of the misuse of pregabalin and gabapentin

Organisation: Public Health England
Web Address: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pregabalin-and-gabapentin-advice-for-prescribers-on-the-risk-of-misuse

PHE and NHS England have published an expert group’s advice for prescribers on the risk of misuse of pregabalin and gabapentin, and suggestions for a balanced and rational use of these medicines. The advice will be of use to local healthcare providers and clinicians.

Alcohol Academy

Web Address: http://www.alcoholacademy.net/

An agency promoting effective alcohol harm reduction by working with and supporting local alcohol roles and commissioners. It runs free seminars, briefings and networking and offers specialised training for frontline staff.

Alcohol Action Ireland

Organisation: Alcohol Action Ireland
Web Address: http://alcoholireland.ie/

Alcohol Action Ireland is the national charity for alcohol-related issues. It is an independent voice for advocacy and policy change, working to reduce levels of alcohol-related harm in Ireland. Resources include facts and figures, policy issues, and campaigns.

Alcohol Concern

Web Address: http://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/

A charity that exists to reduce the negative impact alcohol can have on communities, families, and individuals. It works throughout England and Wales.

Alcohol Policy Blog

Organisation: Alcohol Academy
Web Address: http://www.alcoholpolicy.net/

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
Web Address: http://www.bu.edu/aodhealth/

 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 dedicated sections on prescription drugs and pain as well as HIV/HCV as they relate to alcohol and other drug use.The site allows visitors to comment on summaries and it is mobile device friendly.

All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Alcohol Harm

Organisation: Alcohol Concern
Web Address: https://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/appg-minutes

All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Alcohol Harm comprises cross-party MPs and peers who have an interest in reducing alcohol related harm in the UK. It exists to promote the discussion of alcohol-related issues, raise matters of concern and to make recommendations to government and other policy makers. Minutes of meetings are available to download.

All Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform

Organisation: All Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform
Web Address: http://www.drugpolicyreform.net/

The APPG for Drug Policy Reform formed in January 2011. Its aim is to work for drug policy reform, drawing upon available evidence and experience in order to inform their recommendations. Resources include presentations, reports and news on a wide range of drug policy issues.

All-Party Parliamentary Group for New Psychoactive Substances and Volatile Substance Abuse.

Organisation: All-Party Parliamentary Group for New Psychoactive Substances and Volatile Substance Abuse
Web Address: https://www.allpartygroupnps.org/

Website of the newly formed All-Party Parliamentary Group for NPS and VSA. Key aims are to raise awareness of NPS and VSA in Parliament and encourage discussion of issues around substances covered under the new Psychoactive Substances Act, and to stimulate research on the issues emerging from the Act and ensure the impact of the Act is adequately evaluated.

Anyone’s Child: Families for Safer Drug Control

Organisation: Transform Drug Policy Foundation
Web Address: http://anyoneschild.org/about/

A network of families whose lives have been affected by the UK’s drug laws and are now campaigning to change them.

ASH Action on Smoking

Organisation: Action on Smoking
Web Address: http://www.ash.org.uk/home

A public health charity that works to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco. Resources include factsheets on a varity of tobacco/smoking issues.

Ask About Alcohol Ireland

Organisation: Health Service Executive Ireland
Web Address: http://www.askaboutalcohol.ie/

Irish site aimed at general public with resources and information about alcohol and its impact on health, families, drinking, driving etc.

Australian Drug Foundation

Web Address: http://www.adf.org.au/

The Foundation conducts research on drug issues, implements drug education programs and develops resources for school students, teachers and parents.

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.

Blending Initiative Motivational Interviewing CME/CE and Patient Simulation

Organisation: National Institute for Drug Abuse
Web Address: http://www.drugabuse.gov/blending-initiative/cme-ce-simulation

Continuing Medical Education Programmes from NIDA (US National Institute for Drug Abuse) aimed at clincians and physicians that introduce the main concepts and provide practical guidance on motivational interviewing techniques for facilitating conversations with patients about health risk behaviours. The courses use videos.

British Doctors and Dentists Group

Web Address: http://www.bddg.org/

A website for recovering alcoholic and drug dependent doctors, dentists, and students.

British Medical Association

Organisation: British Medical Association
Web Address: http://bma.org.uk/

A professional association and trade union for doctors in the UK.

British Medical Association Report on Drugs of Dependence

Organisation: British Medical Association
Web Address: https://www.bma.org.uk/collective-voice/policy-and-research/public-and-population-health/drugs-of-dependence

 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.

Club Soda

Organisation: Club Soda
Web Address: https://www.joinclubsoda.co.uk/index.php

Club Soda is a behaviour change platform for anyone who wants to change their drinking, whether to cut down, stop for a bit, quit or stick. It offers online behaviour change tools such as goal setting and progress tracking, information, community support, links to experts and perks, as well as workshops and events both online and in the real world. Link to presentation given at the SSA Symposium 2015


Web Address: http://www.cochrane.org/search/site/addiction

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.

Controlled Drug List

Organisation: Home Office
Web Address: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/controlled-drugs-list

A document (updated January 2015) from the Drugs Licensing section of the Home Office which lists drugs currently controlled under the misuse of drugs legislation, showing their respective classifications under both the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001.


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.

Daily Harm Reduction

Organisation: Daily Harm Reduction, UK
Web Address: http://harmreduction.tips/

 Daily Harm Reduction, UK site run by two people working in harm reduction where they post one harm reduction tip or related quote each weekday for people to use to support their work or just have a bit of inspiration. 

Doctors Support Network

Organisation: Doctors Support Network
Web Address: http://dsn.org.uk/

Offers confidential advice and support to doctors with mental health problems.

Drink Wise Age Well

Organisation: Drink Wise Age Well
Web Address: http://drinkwiseagewell.org.uk/

 Information and advice on the impact of alcohol as one ages. Guidance on alcohol units, cutting down and where to get help. Supports health and social care providers and community organisations to recognise and respond to risky drinking in people aged over 50.

Drug and Alcohol Findings

Web Address: http://findings.org.uk/

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

Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia

Organisation: DANA
Web Address: http://www.danaonline.org/about/

The key nursing organisation in Australasia for nurses and midwives with a professional interest in Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) issues. Run conferences,seminars, encourages nurse participation in research

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.

Drugs and Alcohol: Open Access

Organisation: Virginia Commonwealth University
Web Address: http://guides.library.vcu.edu/drugs-alcohol

A portal providing free access to authoritative sources for prevention, treatment, and policy interventions related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD), listing evidence based sources, international agencies, open access journals, and interactive training tools.


Organisation: DrugWise
Web Address: http://www.drugwise.org.uk/drugs/

An online drug information service aiming to provide evidence-based drug information, policy and practice.

EMCDDA Data on Drugs in Europe

Organisation: European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Web Address: http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/edr2015

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.


Organisation: Erowid
Web Address: http://www.erowid.org/

A member-supported organisation providing access to reliable, non-judgmental information about psychoactive plants, chemicals, and related issues. It works with academic, medical, and experiential experts to develop and publish the information on its site. Resources include a library of links to books, periodicals, videos, and music.


Web Address: http://www.eumadness.eu/about-eu-madness/

“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. Resources include factsheets on various aspects of NPS

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)

Web Address: http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/

The EMCDDA  provides the EU and its Member States with a factual overview of European drug problems.

Exchange Publications

Organisation: Exchange Publications
Web Address: http://www.exchangesupplies.org/

A social enterprise that produces a wide range of resources such as leaflets, publications, and films for drug services, needle exchanges, and injecting drug users. It provides employment and training opportunities for drug users.

Global Alcohol Policy Alliance

Organisation: Global Alcohol Policy Alliance
Web Address: http://globalgapa.org/

Global Alcohol Policy Alliance is a network of non-governmental organisations and people working in public health agencies who share information on alcohol issues and advocate evidence-based alcohol policies, “free from commercial interests

Global Commission on Drug Policy

Organisation: Global Commission on Drug Policy
Web Address: http://www.globalcommissionondrugs.org/

The purpose of the Commission is to bring to the international level an informed, science-based discussion about humane and effective ways to reduce the harm caused by drugs to people and societies. Publishes reports and documentaries.

Guidance on the Clinical Management of Acute and Chronic Harms of Club Drugs and Novel Psychoactive Substances

Organisation: NEPTUNE
Web Address: http://neptune-clinical-guidance.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/NEPTUNE-Guidance-March-2015.pdf

Document that provides guidance on the clinical management of harms resulting from acute intoxication and from the harmful and dependent use of club drugs and NPS. It categorises club drugs broadly according to their clinical effects: depressant; stimulant;  hallucinogenic.Synthetic cannabinoids are treated as a separate category, largely for reasons relating to their clinical management.Guidance is aimed in particular at clinicians in a range of settings - these are specialist drug treatment services; hospital emergency departments (EDs); general practice/ primary care; and sexual health clinics

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

Web Address: http://www.i-trend.eu/index.htm

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.

Improving liver health in the East Midlands: A call to action

Organisation: Public Health England

Summary of liver disease risks and interventions from a public health perspective, with a focus on the East Midlands

Injecting Advice

Web Address: http://www.injectingadvice.com/v4/

Set up in 2007 Injecting Advice is a website that offers support and advice to people working in harm reduction services (especially needle programmes) and to injecting drug users. The articles on the site cover much of the basic (and some advanced) information to help workers provide the best support to the people they are helping.

International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute

Web Address: http://icci.science/en/#about-us

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

International Doctors for Healthy Drug Policies (IDHDP)

Web Address: http://www.idhdp.com/

A network for doctors to share expertise and good practice in reducing the health, social, and economic harms of people who use drugs and influence practice and drug policy.

International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA)

Organisation: International Nurses Society on Addictions
Web Address: http://www.intnsa.org/

An  international professional specialty organisation founded in 1975 for nurses committed to the prevention, intervention, treatment, and management of addictive disorders including alcohol and other drug dependencies, nicotine dependencies, eating disorders, dual and multiple diagnosis, and process addictions such as gambling.

International Society of Addiction Medicine

Organisation: International Society of Addiction Medicine
Web Address: http://www.isamweb.org/home/

The International Society of Addiction Medicine is an international fellowship of physicians founded in 1998. Its aims are to advance knowledge about addiction as a treatable disease, thorough meetings, edcuation andsharingof knowledge and expertise.

Local Alcohol Profiles for England

Organisation: Public Health England
Web Address: http://www.lape.org.uk/

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.

Local and national alcohol policy: how do they interact?

Organisation: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Report of a seminar on Alcohol policy, held in Dec 2014 at the Centre for Public Health History, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The seminar explored the interaction between the local and the national in the making of alcohol policy in the past and in the present, focusing on continuities and changes over time.


Web Address: http://www.localpass.eu/cms/

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)

Web Address: http://www.tobaccoprofiles.info/

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

M-CAT Info

Organisation: Project 3 Young Persons Drug and Alcohol Service, Doncaster
Web Address: http://www.m-cat.info/

A project looking at mephedrone, aimed at young people, that has information on physical effects, legal status, and harm reduction.

Medical Council on Alcohol

Web Address: http://www.m-c-a.org.uk/

A charity concerned with the effects of alcohol on health and improving the understanding and management of alcohol-related health harm.


Web Address: http://www.mentoruk.org.uk/

A UK organisation that works to prevent alcohol and drug misuse and promote the health and well-being of children and young people. Its work is based on international scientific evidence.  Provides resources for drug education and prevention in schools

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

Organisation: European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Web Address: http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/publications/emcdda-papers/mortality-among-drug-users-in-europe

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 Association for Children of Alcoholics

Organisation: National Association for Children of Alcoholics
Web Address: http://www.nacoa.org.uk/

Offers information, advice and support for children affected by parental drinking.

National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT)

Web Address: http://www.ncsct.co.uk/

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.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Evidence

Organisation: National Institute for Health and Clinical Evidence
Web Address: http://www.nice.org.uk/

Evidence based guidance and advice for health, public health and social care practitioners on specific diseases, conditions or areas of clinical expertise such as substance misuse. NICE develops quality standards for those commissioning health and care services, and offers information services for commissioners, practitioners and managers across the spectrum of health and social care.

National Organisation on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Web Address: http://www.nofas-uk.org/

Provides information on alcohol and pregnancy for the general public, press, and medical professionals.