Drug and Alcohol Review

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Edited By: Professor Robin Room

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 9/35 (Substance Abuse (Social Science))

Online ISSN: 1465-3362


March 2013 Issue
The March issue of Drug and Alcohol Review opens with an editorial by Dr Michael Livingston, who discusses why we need to move beyond looking at pubs and clubs if we are to successfully tackle alcohol-related harms in Australia. He highlights the role of off-licence outlets (i.e. bottle shops) and their relationship with alcohol-related harm, and notes the need to take a more wide-ranging view of alcohol policy in Australia “…recognising that alcohol-related harm is prevalent across the Australian population and that youth-focused policies will only have marginal impacts on overall rates of harm”.

Champion and colleagues review the evidence for school-based drug and alcohol prevention programs delivered online or via computers, and show that these types of interventions can be effective in reducing alcohol, tobacco and cannabis use among school students. As shown by Teesson and her colleagues in our September issue last year, school-based interventions can be effective and they have been found to be effective within Australia. Both sets of findings challenge the commonly held view that school-based prevention programs are not effective.

Other highlights include the increase in steroid use among injecting drug users presenting to needle and syringe programs in Australia, consumer views on electronic cigarettes, methamphetamine use in Iran, a new measure of ‘recovery’— the ‘Assessment of Recovery Capital’, and the relationship between alcohol consumption and psychotropic drug use among older men.

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Special Issues
Special issue on Low Risk Drinking Guidelines
Read the relating press release: Young People Don't Know What Constitutes Sensible Alcohol Consumption

Change of Executive Editor (Jan 2012)
Professor Alison Ritter has stepped down from the role of Executive Editor of Drug and Alcohol Review, which she has performed with distinction since 2005. She will remain on the journal’s editorial board as a Deputy Editor. Rebecca McKetin, already a Deputy Editor, has agreed to take up the role of Executive Editor. Dr. McKetin holds an appointment as a Fellow in Mental Health Research at the Australian National University. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, where she has spent much of her career. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with Alison on the journal, and the other Editors are very glad that our connection can continue, even if with less intensity for her. I look forward to the contribution Rebecca will make, and to working more closely with her.
Robin Room, Editor-in-Chief

Jellinek Memorial Award for 2011 Announcement:
Read the full announcement from the Jellinek Memorial Fund about the prestigious 2011 Jellinek Memorial Award winners Professor Deborah A. Dawson (NIAAA, Bethesda, Maryland) and Professor Deborah S. Hasin (Columbia University, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, New York) for free. Click here.

Special Issue: Alcohol and Violence (September 2011)
Read the issue and relating press release.