Research on alcohol and other drugs
Our centre includes researchers from across the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences who have a long history examining issues associated with alcohol and other drug use in New Zealand.
Recent alcohol research addresses topics such as:
- Screening and brief interventions
- Patterns of alcohol consumption, alcohol and injury
- Youth use of alcohol
- Treatment options
- Cultural perspectives and practices
- Alcohol and pregnancy
- The pharmacokinetics of alcohol.
Research into illicit drug use in New Zealand includes:
- Cannabis use
- Opioid substitution programmes
- Prescription drug misuse
- Impacts of methamphetamine use
- Cognitive effects of drug use
- The effect of addictions on families
- The psycho-pharmacology of various drug actions.
A number of recent projects have also focused on emergent synthetic and combination drugs (e.g. party pills, Kronic, Fantasy) and this research has been used in government policy decisions.