Centre for Addiction Research

The Centre for Addiction Research (CFAR) is committed to enhancing the health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders by providing sound evidence to inform policy and practice in the understanding, prevention and treatment of addictive consumptions.

Alcohol, tobacco, other drug use and gambling contribute to many and various health and social challenges facing New Zealanders today.

The Centre brings together researchers from across the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland who are exploring the effects of dangerous consumptions – such as tobacco, alcohol, other drugs and gambling – on individuals, their families, communities, and society.

Our ongoing work in diverse areas such as psychopharmacology, general practice, psychiatry, public health, Māori health, psychological medicine and clinical pharmacology has earned it a highly regarded national and international track record.

Working closely with treatment providers, our broad, multi-disciplinary approach means we are able to investigate addiction at every level – from molecular research right through to societal research, and everything in between, including biomedical, pharmacological, psychological, public health and behavioural research.

By fostering interdisciplinary addiction research and learning, as well as exploring the interplay between addictive consumptions, the Centre for Addiction Research hopes to contribute to improved quality of life and well-being for all New Zealanders.

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Tobacco, alcohol and drug use are among the ten leading risk factors contributing to premature disease or disability in New Zealand, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s Global Burden of Disease Study 2010,

One in forty New Zealanders are negatively affected by other people’s gambling, according to the Ministry of Health’s 2012 New Zealand Health Survey.

13.8% of the New Zealand population is predicted to meet criteria for a substance use disorder at some time in their lives and people with substance use disorders often experience other disorders – 40% of people with a substance use disorder experienced an anxiety disorder and 29% experienced a mood disorder, according to the Ministry of Health’s 2006 survey, Te Rau Hinengaro – The New Zealand Mental Health Survey.