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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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Educating GPs on the over-prescription of pharmaceuticals - Alcohol and Drug Foundation

The rescheduling of pharmaceuticals that include codeine will tighten access to these drugs from 1 February. This makes now a timely moment to consider some of the wider measures that GPs can take to improve patient outcomes and avoid the over-prescription of some medications.

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Drug information directory - Alcohol and Drug Foundation

Find information and resources on alcohol and other drugs, links to research, journals and more. Our formal website review process ensures accurate, reliable and up-to-date search results.

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LSD as a therapeutic treatment - Alcohol and Drug Foundation

emerging research is beginning to change the perception of LSD from a drug that can negatively affect mental health and wellbeing, to one that can alleviate the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Its' benefits are also being studied to help overcome drug dependency.

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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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Synthetic cannabis - Alcohol and Drug Foundation

Synthetic cannabis is a new psychoactive substance that was originally designed to mimic or produce similar effects to cannabis and has been sold online since 2004. However, some of the newer substances claiming to be synthetic cannabis do not actually mimic the effects of THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in cannabis).

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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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Having the conversation - Alcohol and Drug Foundation

Discussing alcohol and drugs with family members and friends is an opportunity to learn more about different types of drugs and their individual and social impact. It’s also an opportunity to talk through potential risks associated with drug use and ways to minimise harm from drugs, and to establish attitudes and boundaries regarding drug use.

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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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