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Alcohol and Drug Foundation

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation has more than 50 years’ worth of work reducing the harm from drugs in our community, particularly by creating a healthier drinking culture.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation advocate for appropriate government policy reform, inform the community about alcohol and other issues, build healthier workplaces and change the drinking culture of Australia’s favourite pastime – sport. 

The ADF website is the flagship information resource providing a central point for anyone seeking alcohol and other drug information. The ADF website provides easy-to-understand resources for medical professionals, community workers, people who use drugs, friends and families of people who use drugs, and the general public.

The website provides non-judgemental evidence-based information about a wide variety of drugs, their effects and potential harms.

It also includes a specialist search service providing access to thousands of academic journals and an email alert service for people interested in staying up-to-date on issues related to preventing alcohol and other drug-related harm.

Available in full desktop and mobile versions, the ADF website features text-to-voice reader functionality to improve access to the site.

Anyone looking for alcohol and other drug information should consider DrugInfo as their first port of call for high quality information from local, national and international sources.

Information Line: 1300 85 85 84

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Last reviewed: October 2019

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Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) - Alcohol and Drug Foundation

There is a clear causal link between heavy consumption of alcohol and FASD. However, the link between low-level alcohol exposure and the risk of harm to children developing in the womb is yet to be properly understood. This uncertainty has led to mixed messages and some confusion.

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Psychedelics - Alcohol and Drug Foundation

Psychedelics (also known as hallucinogens) are a class of psychoactive substances that produce changes in perception, mood and cognitive processes.

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Drug Facts - Alcohol and Drug Foundation

Easy to find information about categories, the effects of drugs and specific drugs. Includes description, short and long-term alcohol and drug effects and measures to reduce harms.

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Why do people use alcohol and other drugs? - Alcohol and Drug Foundation

People use alcohol and other drugs (AOD) for a variety of reasons. The vast majority of people who use alcohol and other drugs do not become dependent.

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Women and the use of alcohol and other drugs - Alcohol and Drug Foundation

International Women’s Day provides an opportunity to reflect on many aspects of women’s lives, including health and wellbeing.

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Mephedrone - Alcohol and Drug Foundation

Mephedrone (4-methylmethcathinone) is a stimulant drug, which means it speeds up the messages travelling between the brain and body.

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GHB - Alcohol and Drug Foundation

GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate) is a depressant, which means it slows down the messages travelling between the brain and the body.

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Help & Support - Alcohol and Drug Foundation

Find a full list of Australian alcohol and other drug support services here in Alcohol and Drug Foundation's Help & Support directory.

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Telling war stories is not good drug education - Alcohol and Drug Foundation

Stories of lived experience have a limited role

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Methadone: how it works and why it’s legal - Alcohol and Drug Foundation

There has been a lot of recent media attention on methadone, emphasising a range of factually incorrect messages.

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