The Addiction website is supported by the Society for the Study of Addiction to Alcohol and other Drugs, which was originally established in 1884. It is a great resource for the latest information about all sorts of addictions as it includes international studies and research papers.

Addiction’s scope spans human clinical, epidemiological, experimental, policy and historical research relating to any activity that has addictive potential.

The aim of the website is:

  • to provide an effective outlet for high quality research in the field of addiction by selecting excellent papers for publication and improving them through the review process
  • to stimulate debate with the field of addiction on matters relating to the science or its translation into clinical practice or policy, and
  • to promote high quality research in the field of addiction worldwide through its publishing and other activities.

Addiction publishes peer-reviewed research reports on alcohol, illicit drugs, tobacco and behavioural addictions, bringing together research conducted within many different disciplines.

It also has a section on Press Releases containing recent studies and articles regarding addictions. It is a great source of information about drug use, smoking and drinking. Recent press releases include:
Common Anxiety Disorders Make it Tougher to Quit Cigs
Researchers may have pinpointed a reason many smokers struggle to quit. Smokers with a history of anxiety disorders are less likely to quit smoking.

Father’s incarceration associated with elevated risks of marijuana and other illegal drug use
Researchers from Bowling Green State University report evidence of an association between father’s incarceration and substantially elevated risks for illegal drug use in adolescence and early adulthood.

Restricting pub closing times reduces assaults
This study reveals that restrictions on pub closing times imposed in 2008 Newcastle, Australia have reduced the assault rate by 37%.

The website also links to sites with information on tobacco, drugs, addictions, alcoholism and smoking.

The Society for the Study of Addiction to Alcohol and other Drugs held their annual symposium in the UK on 12 November, details can be found on the website.

Writer Helen Splarn. Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.
Source: Addiction