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COVID-19 Update: Supporting our communities

The ADF acknowledges the strain being placed on communities around the country as the impact of coronavirus unfolds. 

We remain committed to supporting all our partner Drug Action Teams and Good Sports clubs to continue their important alcohol and other drug prevention work within their communities.

Uncertain times can increase alcohol and other drug use and harms, so this work has never been more important.   

We will continue to provide additional relevant AOD prevention and harm minimisation information, via our regular channels, that you can share with your colleagues and communities, and we will be continuing our information and referral services via the DrugInfo line (1300 85 85 84 or and Text the Effects service (0439 835 563). 

In the interests of maintaining the health and safety of our staff, we have established new working from home arrangements and put in place a number of procedures to ensure business continuity and our programs are not impacted. 

We are also working on developing innovative ways to increase our support for our partners and will be working with you throughout this challenging environment to maintain our efforts. 

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Alcohol and other drug use among older Australians

A recent report published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has highlighted the use of alcohol and other drugs among older Australians. 


We look at how alcohol and other drug use has changed over time among this group, considering alcohol, pharmaceutical and illicit drug use. 

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Prevention, early intervention and stigma

This new resource explores Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) through a prevention lens. It provides an overview of FASD, the impact of stigma on women, and outlines FASD prevention efforts that can be implemented by healthcare providers and in the community. 


FASD affects all communities in which alcohol is consumed and it requires a community approach to prevention.

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The role of drug education in schools
Schools can play an important role, both inside and beyond the classroom, in preventing alcohol and other drug harms. While providing drug education as part of the curriculum is important, there is more that schools can do. 
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RESEARCH via ADF Library

Social integration and alcohol consumption among older people: A four-year follow-up of a Swedish national sample 

Social integration has been identified as an important factor in older people drinking more alcohol now, than previously. This Swedish study investigates the association between the longitudinal frequency of alcohol consumption of people aged 65 and older and their social interactions. It was found that drinking frequency amongst people with a higher level of social activity either increased or remained stable at a daily or weekly rate over a 4-year period. People with few social contacts or low levels of social activity were less likely to drink frequently. Social contexts and activities should be considered when interventions are planned to support this age group. 


Read the full article on the ADF Library 


Agahi N, Dahlberg L, Lennartsson C. Social integration and alcohol consumption among older people: A four-year follow-up of a Swedish national sample. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 2019;196:40-5. 



Alcohol prevention for school students: Results from a 1-year follow up of a cluster-randomised controlled trial of harm minimisation school drug education  

Victorian junior high school students, aged between 13 to 16 years, were given a series of classes on legal and illicit drugs, with a focus on alcohol and harm minimisation, over a two-year period. This Australian study evaluated the ongoing effectiveness on alcohol consumption and harm after 15 months of program completion. The student group that participated in the program demonstrated a significant increase in their knowledge of alcohol and other drug issues. They were also less likely to be risky drinkers or experience alcohol harms than those who did not participate in the program. The rate of student alcohol consumption and harm can be effectively reduced long term by skill-focussed, harm reduction drug education. 


Read the full article on the ADF Library 


Midford R, Cahill H, Lester L, Ramsden R, Foxcroft D, Venning L. Alcohol prevention for school students: Results from a 1-year follow up of a cluster-randomised controlled trial of harm minimisation school drug education. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy. 2018;25(1):88-96. 

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