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Vaping information sheet now available

We are pleased to announce the release of two drug information sheets designed to support you, as health professionals, in your ongoing efforts to promote public health.  We are continuously monitoring and responding to public health trends and emerging threats. Our latest fact sheets are a direct response to significant recent developments in Australia. With […]

Introducing the new and improved ASSIST Checkup smartphone app!

We’ve made some big improvements to our app. Let’s take a look at some of the changes. Take a health checkup. As before, with the ASSIST Checkup, you quickly and easily assess the level of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs you might be consuming, and gain better insights into how it might be affecting you. […]

Alcohol Treatment Guidelines: Overview of Recommendations

    An overview of recommendations from the Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Alcohol Problems was recently published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA). The supplementary document to the main guidelines presents a number of recommendations designed to improve current practices for the prevention and treatment of alcohol use disorders. The recommendations outlined […]

Alcohol and Drug Foundation: Path2Help

    The Alcohol and Drug Foundation have developed an online screening, brief information and location-specific referral service called Path2Help.    Path2Help uses the ASSIST questionnaire to assess an individual’s level of risk (low, moderate, high) of dependence, and then through a clever algorithmic system, connects the individual to information about how to reduce risk, […]


Professor Robert Ali recently sat down with the host of Vibrant Lives Podcast to chat about all things related to alcohol.   The discussion focused on the topics of risk and harms of intoxication vs. longer term use and dependence, as well as a thoughtful discussion about the current state of research, and policy in […]


Administration of the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) among high school students in the Peruvian Amazon. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse By: Friso et al., 2021 WHAT WAS THE STUDY ABOUT? In some areas of Peru, drug use has, and continues to present a significant challenge among young people, due in […]


    The effects of screening brief intervention referral to treatment (SBIRT) training on health professional trainees’ regard, attitudes, and beliefs towards patients who use substances.   Published in: Substance Abuse By: Lukowitsky et al., 2021   WHAT WAS THE STUDY ABOUT? This study evaluated the attitudes and beliefs of healthcare trainees towards people who […]


    Risk factors for new-onset bipolar disorder in a community cohort: A five-year follow up study. Published in: Psychiatry Research By: de Lima Bach et al., 2021   WHAT WAS THE STUDY ABOUT? The aim of this study was to assess sociodemographic and clinical risk factors for new-onset Bipolar Disorder (BD) among a community […]


Validation of the Alcohol Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) in acute psychiatric inpatients   Published in: Adicciones (Addictions) By: López-Lascano, López-Pelayo, Barcells-Oliveró, Segura, and Gual Solé. 2021   WHAT WAS THE STUDY ABOUT? The aim of this study was to validate the use of ASSIST amongst a cohort of psychiatric inpatients in a […]


      Associations of cannabis use frequency and cannabis use disorder with receiving a substance use screen and healthcare professional discussion of substance use.   Published in: The American Journal on Addictions By: Moore, DiNitto, & Choi. 2021   WHAT WAS THE STUDY ABOUT? The aim of this study was to assess the relationship […]