Published since 1884 by the Society for the Study of Addiction.
Editor's Notes
The issue of drugs legalisation continues unabated. Reviewing contents of Addiction in 2013 I am struck by a truth about human behaviour: the harder it is for people to do things, the less they do them. But do we care enough to put the necessary resources into enforcement and deal with the consequences? If it were illegal to sell alcohol to someone without a 'responsible drinker' licence, or tobacco to someone lacking proof of age, the effect on population health would be substantial. But such a plan would be crazy, surely...? The pages of Addiction in 2014 will help answer this question and others like it.
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Latest Press Releases

Addiction publishes press releases throughout the year.  Please see the date-sorted list below for more information, and consult our archive for older press releases.

Abstention from alcohol has increased sharply among Australian adolescents

10 April 2014

A broad change in drinking behaviour has occurred among Australian adolescents in the last decade. The percentage of Australians aged 14-17 who do not drink alcohol has increased from almost 33% in 2001 to over 50% in 2010. This trend has occurred broadly across a wide range of regional, socio-economic, and demographic subgroups.

Some truth to the 'potent pot myth': High potency cannabis is linked with higher THC intake

18 March 2014

New research from The Netherlands shows that people who smoke high-potency cannabis end up getting higher doses of the active ingredient (THC). Although they reduce the amount they puff and inhale to compensate for the higher strength, they still take in more THC than smokers of lower potency cannabis.

Telephone Counseling to Help Parents Quit Smoking Is Successful

10 February 2014

A telephone counseling intervention in The Netherlands for parents who want to quit smoking has been shown effective. One year after the start of the intervention, one-third of parents were still smoke-free. This has been shown in a study conducted by Kathrin Schuck of the Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen. The results wererecently published online by the scientific journal Addiction.

The SmokeFree Formula

30 January 2014

Addiction's Editor-in-Chief brings out a new book aimed at bringing the science of stopping to smokers

Plain packs and larger graphic health warnings cause smokers to put their packs away

17 January 2014

Smokers are less willing to display their packs in public and smoke in outdoor areas since plain packaging was introduced, new research has found.

Alcohol consumption is a necessary cause of nearly 80,000 deaths per year in the Americas

14 January 2014

A new study published in the scientific journal Addiction by the Pan American Health Organization, a branch of the World Health Organization, has measured the number and pattern of deaths caused by alcohol consumption in 16 North and Latin American countries. The study reveals that between 2007 and 2009, alcohol was a 'necessary' cause of death (i.e., death would not have occurred in the absence of alcohol consumption) in an average of 79,456 cases per year. Liver disease was the main culprit in most countries.