Information services at associated agencies

Information services at associated agencies

Ask Findings for help focuses on research evaluating interventions intended to reduce drug or alcohol problems. There is a wider world of research (for example on the extent and causes of substance use problems and effects on health and society) and of policy and practice news and comment. This is where our former and current partners and supporting bodies can help. Here are some of the information services they provide.

Alcohol Change UK web site. Opens new Window

Alcohol Change UK

Formerly known as the Alcohol Education and Research Council. The only UK charity dedicated exclusively to funding work which improves understanding of what causes excessive drinking, how it can be prevented and the best ways of tackling the problems it causes.

Publications Research reports funded by Alcohol Change UK. Research reports funded by Alcohol Change UK.

Alcohol news Regularly updated events, news and initiatives related to drinking in the UK.

Society for the Study of Addiction web site

Society for the Study of Addiction

A learned society which promotes the coming together of professionals in the field of the addictions to share their knowledge, skills, and friendships. It aims to support, facilitate, and enhance the work of its members for the mutual benefit of all concerned with the study of addiction. Visit web site to join and gain member access to the leading journals Addiction and Addiction Biology.

Addiction A peer-reviewed journal which publishes top quality international research. Published by Wiley on behalf of the Society.

Addiction Biology Focuses on neuroscience contributions and aims to advance our understanding of the action of drugs of abuse and addictive processes. Published by Wiley on behalf of the Society.

Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals web site. Opens a new window

Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals

Professional body for the substance use field working to help improve practice across the sector by developing the workforce, setting professional standards, and informing practice and professional development. From February 2017 run by the SMMGP, set up to promote best practice in primary care treatment for people who use drugs and/or alcohol problematically. Portal with pages on workforce development, professional standards, magazines and journals, and careers in the field.

Substance Misuse Skills Consortium

Substance Misuse Skills Consortium

Independent, sector-led initiative to maximise the ability of the UK treatment workforce by identifying what they need to promote better outcomes, reviewing and developing initiatives to attract and retain the workforce, and equipping practitioners and managers with relevant skills. Was instrumental in creating the Effectiveness Bank matrices. No longer operational.

Alcohol Policy UK

Alcohol Policy UK

News and analysis for the alcohol harm reduction field in the UK. Join blog mailing list for regular updates.

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Successor to DrugScope, a founding partner in Drug and Alcohol Findings and the national information service on the misuse of drugs until closure in 2015. DrugWise was established in 2016 to offer some of DrugScope’s services and to develop new services based on similar principles.

DS Daily Keep up-to-date with news relating to drug and alcohol use and misuse in Britain and internationally with this free e-mail alert service. See news entries to date and sign up for the service.

International Knowledge Hub The important international reports relating to drugs, alcohol, tobacco and related issues collated into one place.

DrugScope Report Archive and DrugWise Reports Archive of reports produced by DrugScope from 2004 to 2015 divided into topic areas and new reports from DrugWise.

DrugSearch Online encyclopaedia of drugs and their history, effects and the law.

Druglink magazine archive Back issues to 2015 of the now discontinued drug sector magazine for the UK from DrugScope.

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Alcohol Concern

UK national agency on alcohol misuse campaigning for effective alcohol policy and improved services for people whose lives are affected by alcohol-related problems. From 3 April 2017 merged with Alcohol Research UK, and together the charities became Alcohol Change UK on 19 November 2018.

News and stories Alcohol-related policy developments, resources and other news from Alcohol Concern.

Blog News and comment from Alcohol Concern.

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The national UK charity working to improve life for families affected by drugs and alcohol.

Reference and research Information and good-practice resources for professionals to inform their practice in working with families or effecting change locally.

Training and development Drugs and alcohol training, tools and information to help practitioners deliver effective family support.

News News from Adfam and more widely related to Adfam’s work.

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction web site. Opens new window

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

An EU decentralised agency which provides the EU and its member states with a factual overview of European drug problems and a solid evidence base to support the drugs debate and for drawing up informed drug laws and strategies. Also helps practitioners pinpoint best practice and new areas of research.

Best Practice Portal Discover what works (and what doesn’t work) in the areas of drug prevention, treatment, harm reduction and social reintegration.

Publications Search for or browse the centre’s publications including practice manuals and guidelines and reviews on topics such as cannabis and hepatitis C plus guidance on evaluation methodologies.

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The online mutual support network of people working in health and social care. Originated in the NHS Research & Development programme in England but now UK-wide and international.

Substance misuse and addictions sub-group Special interest group on drug use, tobacco, alcohol, and non-substance related addictive behaviours. If not a CHAIN member you can join both CHAIN and this sub-group at the same time. If a CHAIN member join sub-group by requesting in an email.