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Each quarter, our peer reviewed journal publishes up to six research- and practice-based articles on Australian youth. Find out more about Youth Studies Australia.

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Drug and alcohol issues

The DrugInfo Clearinghouse
Web site:
This is a valuable resource for those with an interest in drug prevention and young people. The site has free drug and alcohol publications for young people as well as information for professionals. Membership is free.

The Centre for Youth Drug Studies
Web site
CYDS was the Australian Drug Foundation's research unit from 1995 to 2008. In 2008, after reviewing its strategic plan, the ADF identified the need to focus on research to practice and knowledge transfer and is working towards integrating research into its programs and policies across the organisation.

Australian Drug Foundation
Web site:
The ADF is an independent, non-profit organisation working to prevent and reduce alcohol and drug problems in the Australian community. It provides a gateway to the Centre for Youth Drug Studies and a link to the Somazone web site (see below).

Web site:
Somazone is a web site designed to provide young people aged 14-18 with support and advice in relation to health and legal issues in a way that is informative and non-judgmental.

Turning Point
Also see their 'About us' page.

Youth Substance Abuse Service
Web site:
YSAS provides accessible, effective and engaging alcohol and drug interventions for young people between the ages of 12 - 21 who are experiencing significant problems with their alcohol and/or drug use.

The Ted Noffs Foundation
Web site:
The essential purpose of the Ted Noffs Foundation is to provide the relief of suffering for young people where this suffering is due to drug and alcohol abuse, and related issues such as homelessness, unemployment, education, mental health, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, and family problems. The Ted Noffs Foundation operates direct services to young people and their families. Residential, day programs and schools programs are available in various locations in New South Wales and the ACT.

Web site:
This anti-tobacco web site for young people and teachers was developed in collaboration with the South Australian Smoking and Health Project, Quit Victoria and Smarter than Smoking (WA).

FReeZA is an all-ages, drug- and alcohol-free event service in various locations in Victoria, with live bands and dance party events run by funded agencies and local youth committees. The web site was established by the Victorian Government by and for young people. It is the major source for information about FReeZA and its activities. There is an online gig guide, an e-magazine called Freezine which for feedback from the FReeZA audience, and competitions.  Web site:

Australian Drug Information Network
Web site:
ADIN is a central point of access to quality Internet-based alcohol and drug information resources on alcohol and other drugs.  ADIN is aimed primarily at the information needs of the general community, and includes information for schools and for young people. Organisations and individuals can search and share relevant information on licit and illicit drug issues. It The Alcohol and Other Drug Council of Australia (ADCA) Resource Centre database complements the ADIN web sites with the 'DRUG' database leading searchers directly to specific journal articles and toher documents relevant to their information needs.

Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia
Web site:
ADCA is the peak national, non-government organisation representing the interests of the Australian alcohol and drug field. To fulfil this role, ADCA is involved in a broad range of activities which include advocacy to government, advocacy to the media and general community, monitoring of parliament and the media, research, information provision and special projects.

National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
Web site:
NDARC was established at the University of New South Wales in May 1986 and is funded by the Australian Government as part of the National Drug Strategy. The NDARC produces a quarterly newsletter called 'Centrelines'. Subscription is free.

National Drug Research Institute
Web site:
The mission of the Institute is to contribute to the overall aim of the National Drug Strategy. It undertakes research designed to establish the preventive potential of a number of interventions: legislative, fiscal, regulatory and educational. It therefore complements the role of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) whose primary focus is on treatment.

National Drug Strategy
This strategy and its forerunner, the National Campaign Against Drug Abuse have been operating since 1985. Both were created with bipartisan political support and involve a cooperative venture between the federal and state/territory governments along with the non-government sector.

Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Inc.
Web site:
ADAC aims to ensure the development of effective programs to reduce harm related to substance misuse in Aboriginal communities in a way that promotes and fosters pride, dignity, identity and achievement in Aboriginal society.

National Alcohol Campaign
Web site:
This Australian Government project tackles the problem of excessive teenage drinking. The site contains information for parents, the media, service providers, stakeholders and communication students. The site contains information for parents in 16 languages. One of its sites is aimed at young people themselves: see:

Centre for Education and Information on Drugs and Alcohol
CEIDA is based in Sydney and is funded by the NSW Health Department. CEIDA works to increase the number of effective strategies implemented in NSW, to reduce AOD related harm. CEIDA resources are aimed at the parents, friends and family members of young people who are affected by, or at risk of being affected by, drugs and alcohol. The website offers practical, easy-to-follow advice about reducing involvement with alcohol and drug cultures, communicating with young people about alcohol and drugs, recognising signs of involvement with alcohol or drugs, and taking action to help. In addition, the website offers information about kinds of drugs and their effects, as well as a registry of help services across Australia. See CEIDA web site, viewed 2 December 2008.

The National Drugs Campaign (launched in 2001)
Web site:
This information is geared towards youth, parents, families, service providers and communities, and provides information for parents in 17 languages. The National Drugs Campaign 2005 aims to reduce the number of young Australians using illicit drugs.

Register of Australian Drug and Alcohol Research

New Zealand Drug Foundation
Web site:
The New Zealand Drug Foundation was established in 1990. It is an independent organisation with charitable trust status. The FoundationÕs objective is minimising drug related harm. This includes harm caused by legal drugs, such as tobacco and alcohol, as well as illegal drugs, such as cannabis.

Youth Studies Australia back issues and articles

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Complex solutions for complex needs: Towards holistic and collaborative practice, by Sally Beadle
v.28, n.1, 2009, pp.21-28. View summary | Full text: HTML | PDF

Harnessing the power of perception: Reducing alcohol-related harm among rural teenagers, by Clarissa Hughes, Roberta Julian, Matthew Richman, Ron Mason and Gillian Long
v.27, n.2, pp.26-35. Summary

"I'm gonna sound like a drunk here" Constructions of volume of consumption, by Ester Mancini-Pe–a and Graham A. Tyson
v.26, n.2, 2007, pp.35-42.

Should inhalants be included in Australian school-based drug education? by Sarah MacLean
v.26, n.1, 2007, pp.25-31.

Responsible drinking knowledge: A comparison of Australian apprentices and university students, by Nicki Dowling, David Clark & Tim Corney.
v.25, n.3, 2006, pp.42-48.

Comfortably numb: Young people, drugs and the seductions of popular culture, by Karen Brooks.
v.25, n.2, 2006, pp.9-16.

The BEST Plus approach to assisting families recover from youth substance problems, by John Bamberg, Steven Findley & John Toumbourou.
v.25, n.2, 2006, pp.25-32.

RRISK: A sustainable intersectoral partnership, by
Jane Elkington, Eric van Beurden, Avigdor Zask, Reyna Dight & Wendy Johnson.
v.25, n.2, 2006, pp.17-24.

Duty of care, harm reduction and young people in care: An effective approach to working with volatile substance users,
by Rowan Fairbairn and David Murray.
v.23, n.2, 2004, pp.17-21.

Binge-drinking in female university students: A theory of planned behaviour perspective, by Kim L. Johnston and Katherine M. White.
v.23, n.2, 2004, pp.22-30.

Precursors to a media frenzy: Supervised chroming, young people in care and the Victorian Government's drug policy, by Judith Bessant.
v.22, n.3, 2003, pp.11-17.

Spiked drinks: 'I'm more worried about getting home on the train': A focus group study of young women's perceptions of risk and behaviours, by Renee Morton.
v.22, n.3, 2003, pp.18-24.

Adolescent brain development, by Sedra Spano.
v.22, n.1, 2003, pp.36-38.

Substance use and adolescent brain development, by Aaron White.
v.22, n.1, 2003, pp.39-45.

Young people's drug use when heroin is less available, by Louisa Degenhardt, Michael Gascoigne and John Howard
v.21, n.3, 2002, pp.11-16.

Generation gaps and fault lines: Vietnamese-Australian young people and illicit drug use in Melbourne, by Ruth Webber
v.21, n.3, 2002, pp.17-24.

Alcohol consumption and drug use in a sample of Australian university students, by Jeremy Davey, Tamzyn Davey and Patricia Obst
v.21, n.3, 2002, pp.25-32.

Friends, authority and health: An insight into young people's smoking habits and efforts to quit, by Debbie Fergus, Jennifer Rowe and Margaret McAllister
v.21 n.1, 2002, pp.34-39.

Dancing through the revolution: The political and social meaning of the rave, by Tara Brabazon
v.21, n.1, 2002, pp.19-24.

Sex, drugs and drinking: Health risks in the social lives of young workers, by Jo Lindsay
v.20, n.4, 2001, pp.11-18.

Alcohol-related social disorder and rural youth, by Paul Williams
v.20, n.3, 2001, pp.11-19.

Disadvantaged and homeless youth on the Gold Coast: A case study of a human services organisation, by M. Hyde, J. Goldman and M. Sinclair
v.20, n.2, 2001, pp.40-45.

Nimbyism vs social inclusion: Local communities and illicit drugs, by, P. Mendes
v.20, n.2, 2001, pp.17-22.

Hepatitis C: Special feature issue.
v.19, n.4, 2000.

Community-based approaches to drug abuse issues: Some lessons learned and future implications, by S. Phillips.
v.19, n.3, 2000, pp.39-43.

The fine line: Students' perceptions of drinking, having fun and losing control, by F. Farringdon, N. McBride and R. Midford.
v.19, n.3, 2000, pp.32-38.

Hepatitis infection among adolescents in the Melbourne Juvenile Justice centre: Risk factors and challenges, by E.L. Ogilvie, F. Veit, N. Crofts and S.C. Thompson.
v.19, n.3, 2000, pp.25-30.

Hepatitis C and initiates into injecting drug use among young people: Part 2 - Educating young initiates about hepatitis C prevention, by P. Crane and M. Williams.
v.19, n.3, 2000, pp.18-24.

Hepatitis C and initiates into injecting drug use among young people: Part 1 - The first shot, by M. Williams and P. Crane.
v.19, n.3, 2000, pp.11-17.

Workers and harm reduction: Who's using what and why, by R. Lambert and A. Marsh.
v.18, n.3, 1999, pp.30-36.

Nothing to do: The relationship between 'leisure boredom' and alcohol and drug addiction: Is there a link to youth suicide in rural Australia?, by I. Patterson and S. Pegg.
v.18, n.2, 1999, pp.24-29.

Young people, drugs and the criminal economy, by R. White.
v.18, n.1, 1999, pp.29-36.

Intox Out of Tune: An innovative school-based drug intervention, by J. Ryan, R.Conway and G. Fairbrother.
v.18, n.1, 1999, pp.23-28.

Connexions: A program of Jesuit Social Services, an integrated service for marginalised young people, by D. Murray, R. Ellis, J. Enter and C. Richards.
v.18, n.1, 1999, pp.16-22.

Drug education: Past approaches and future possibilities, by J. MacDonald.
v.18, n.1, 1999, pp.11-15.

A strategic alliance in Springvale: An innovative drug education strategy for young people and parents of diverse cultural backgrounds, by B. Mudaly.
v.16, n.2, 1997, pp.20-25.

Substance abuse: Defining the issues in favour of a detox centre for youth, by C. Lennings and M. Kerr.
v.15, n.4, 1996, pp.43-46.

Youth and drugs abstracts from the 7th International Conference on Drug Related Harm: From science to policy to practice.
v.15, n.2, 1996, pp.43-49.

New trends in European youth and drug cultures, by H. Knutagard.
v.15, n.2, 1996, pp.37-42.

Adolescents at risk - drug use and risk behaviour: Queensland and national data, by C. Lennings.
v.15, n.2, 1996, pp.29-36.

National Youth Alcohol Media Campaign, by J. Noel.
v.14, n.3, 1995, pp.53-56.

Taking the hiccups out of alcohol education, by A. Harris and M. Sheehan.
v.14, n.1, 1995, pp.41-45.

Measuring demographics and drug use of Australian teenagers, by C. Ovenden and W. Loxley.
v.13, n.3, 1994, pp.42-45.

Parents or peers: Who influences adolescent drug use the most?, by T. McCallum.
v.13, n.3, 1994, pp.36-41.

'Not a problem': Young people's perceptions of their use and abuse of alcohol, by R. Broadbent.
v.13, n.3, 1994, pp.32-35.

Young women and drinking, by J. Davey.
v.13, n.3, 1994, pp.28-31.

Weed control: Factors affecting youth smoking in Australia, by B. Andrews and T. Alchin.
v.13, n.3, 1994, pp.21-27.

What is deviant? A comparison of marijuana usage within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and white Australian youth subcultures, by J. Davey and G. Dawes.
v.13, n.1, 1994, pp.49-52.

Come to the cabaret and get legless: Tertiary student 'event' drinking, by J. Davey and J. Clark.
v.10, n.4, 1991, pp.30-34.

Drug use by adolescent athletes, by A. McGufficke, L. Rowling and M. Bailey.
v.9, n.3, 1990, pp.47-50.

High times at high school (marijuana use by Queensland students), by J. Davey.
v.9, n.3, 1990, pp.43-46.

The obsession of drinking and driving, by J. Nance
'Youth Studies and Abstracts: Bulletin of the National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies', 1989 v.8 n.3, p.36.

Underage drink driving: Psycho-social correlates of a risk-taking behaviour, by J. Nucifora, S. Forbes and M. Sheehan
'Youth Studies and Abstracts: Bulletin of the National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies', 1989 v.8 n.3, pp.30-35.

Parent and adolescent beliefs about drugs, by J. Wilks and J. Callan
'Youth Studies and Abstracts: Bulletin of the National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies', 1988/89 v.7/8 n.4/1, pp.65-70.

Adolescent drinking: Psycho-social settings in general and some particular data from Tasmania, by, p. Lynch
'Youth Studies and Abstracts: Bulletin of the National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies', 1988 v.7 n.2, pp.20-25.