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Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit


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Prof Charles ParryDirector: Prof Charles Parry

The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit comprises a dynamic team of researchers and support personnel based in Cape Town and Pretoria involved in cutting edge research and policy development/analysis locally, nationally and internationally.

Our goal is to generate knowledge and propose policy and other interventions that will lead to a reduction in alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse and the associated burden experienced by individuals and society.

The formal mission of the Unit is to "stimulate, coordinate, facilitate, initiate, conduct and evaluate research in the AOD abuse area to improve the health of the nation."

Key objectives include the following:

  • Measuring the prevalence of alcohol and other drug (AOD) use and associated consequences, and trends in AOD use/consequences over time;
  • Identifying current and future risk and protective factors for substance abuse (especially in high risk groups);
  • Designing and evaluating appropriate preventive and other interventions;
  • Facilitating the implementation of research findings by supporting advocacy efforts and providing information that will allow policy makers, service providers and community representatives to make informed decisions;
  • Undertaking research that will lead to the improvement of methods for assessing the prevalence of AOD use and associated consequences, and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions.
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