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AlcoholScreening.org is a free service of Join Together, a project of the The Partnership at Drugfree.org and Boston University School of Public Health. AlcoholScreening.org helps individuals assess their own alcohol consumption patterns to determine if their drinking is likely to be harming their health or increasing their risk for future harm. Through education and referral, the site urges those whose drinking is harmful or hazardous to take positive action, and informs all adults who consume alcohol about guidelines and caveats for lower-risk drinking.

Alcohol and Public Health
From the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This website provides general information about the effects of alcohol on health in general and specifically for gender. Information is also provided specific to binge drinking and underage drinking.

Alcohol and Other Drug Use
From the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Provides empirical data and science based strategies for reducing youth risk behaviors.

From NIAAA. "CollegeDrinkingPrevention.gov is your one-stop resource for comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students."

Harvard University's Key College Alcohol Study Publications
A website from the Harvard School of Public Health. Details the College Alcohol Study and provides links to subsequent published articles and other related sources.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being.

National Social Norms Institute
The Social Norms Institute at the University of Virginia conducts on-going research to determine the effectiveness of social norms methodology in combating high-risk drinking among college students.

The Network
Professional development organization dedicated to addressing collegiate alcohol and other drug issues.

PIRE Alcohol Homepage
From the Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation (PIRE). Overview of key topics related to alcohol. Also includes links to published articles within each topic area.

Research Society on Alcoholism
The Research Society on Alcoholism serves as a meeting ground for scientists in the broad areas of alcoholism & alcohol-related problems promoting research and dissemination of scientific knowledge.

SAMHSA Office of Applied Studies
From the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services and the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Applied studies on alcohol & drug use and abuse.

Stop Underage Drinking
Comprehensive research and resources on the prevention of underage drinking from the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services and the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).


CollegeGambling.org was developed by the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) as a tool to help current and prospective students, campus administrators, campus health professionals, and parents address gambling and gambling-related harms on campus.

National Council on Problem Gambling
"The Mission of the National Council on Problem Gambling is to increase public awareness of pathological gambling, ensure the widespread availability of treatment for problem gamblers and their families, and to encourage research and programs for prevention and education."


American Legacy Foundation
The American Legacy Foundation is dedicated to building a world where young people reject tobacco and anyone can quit. The Foundation develops programs that address the health effects of tobacco use.

American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research.

American Public Health Association
American Public Health Association's list of tobacco resources.

BACCHUS Network - A NASPA Contituent Group
The BACCHUS Network's information on tobacco prevention and cessation.

A comprehensive website providing one-stop access to the best and most up-to-date tobacco-related information from the US Department of Health & Human Services. Includes general information on tobacco, federal and state laws and policies, health statistics, and evidence-based methods on how to quit. 

The Community Guide: Reducing Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke Exposure
Website for the CDC National Center for Health Marketing and the Community Guide Partners. Information on interventions, publications, and additional resources.

EX: Re-Learn Life Without Cigarettes
A comprehensive tobacco cessation plan created by the American Legacy Foundation and the Mayo Clinic.

Monitoring the Future
2007 University of Michigan study detailing tobacco use of 8th-, 10th-, and 12th- grade students.

Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. Research and information on smoke-free/tobacco-free colleges and universities under "Smokefree lists, maps, and data" link. List of U.S. Colleges and Universities with Smokefree Air Policies [pdf]

PIRE Tobacco Homepage
From the Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation (PIRE). Overview of key topics related to tobacco. Also includes links to published articles within each topic area.

Smoking and Tobacco Use
CDC information on smoking and tobacco use.

Stay Away From Tobacco
American Cancer Society's webpage on tobacco and cancer.

Surgeon General Tobacco Reports
U.S. Surgeon General Reports on Tobacco.

Tobacco and Cancer FAQ
From the American Cancer Society. Includes FAQ about tobacco and cancer.

Tobacco Control Archives
The University of California, San Francisco's Tobacco Control Archives. Provides access to papers, unpublished documents, and electronic resources relevant to tobacco control issues.

The BACCHUS Network's site for tobacco includes facts and figures and information on policy, secondhand smoke, cessation, programming, student involvement, and state specific smoking issues.

Tobacco-Free Colleges and Universities
Information from the American Lung Association on tobacco-free colleges and universities.
-- List of Colleges and Universities with 100% Tobacco-free Campus Policies [pdf]

Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium
The Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium (TTAC) is dedicated to assisting organizations in building and developing highly effective tobacco control programs. Includes individualized technical assistance, customized trainings, and a variety of tools and products to help individuals succeed in their tobacco control efforts.

Tobacco Use Prevention Through Schools
From the CDC. Tobacco specific information, including data and statistics, science-based strategies, national, state, and local programs, and other publications.

The Wellness Rescource Center at VCU
Tobacco resources from Virginia Commonwealth University's Office of Health Promotion


2008 Marijuana Sourcebook
The Office of National Drug Policy's 2008 Marijuana Sourcebook provides a national overview of marijuana usage.

A 21st Century Drug Policy
From the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Includes health effects, treatment, legal ramifications, and other resources.

DrugFacts: Marijuana
From the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Includes University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future data (2005) and basic info on the extent of use, health effects, and treatment options.

Marijuana: Facts for Teens
From the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Text version of brochure providing quick facts and FAQ's for teens on marijuana.

From NIDA. Provides resources for professionals, teens, parents, and community members on a variety of marijuana-related topics.

Marijuana Resource Center
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has created a web-based resource center that provides the general public, community leaders, and other interested people with the facts, knowledge, and tools to better understand and address marijuana in their communities. This resource center will be regularly updated and expanded to address emerging issues, research, and prevention tools, and highlight successful local efforts to reduce marijuana use.

National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre
Australia's National Cannabis Prevention & Information Centre provides relevant and recent research, publications, information sheets, newsletters, bulletins, and assessment tools you can download for free.

Other Drugs (including prescription drugs)

A 21st Century Drug Policy
From the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Includes extent of use, health effects, treatment, and other resources relating to prescription drug use.

Club Drugs
From the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Includes research reports, quick facts, & trends on "club drugs," such as MDMA (Ecstasy), GHB, Rohypnol, ketamine, methamphetamine, and LSD.

The Generation Rx Inititative
This web site provides medication safety resources and information for teachers and students (K-college). Their goal is the elevation of student understanding of medication safety issues, particular the dangers of abusing prescription and over-the-counter medications. This site is one example of a collaborative effort between the College of Pharmacy, Research and Assessment, Student Wellness Center, Residence Life, campus and local police departments, Student Health Services, and student leaders at The Ohio State University to address the issue of non-medical prescription drug use.

National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse Reports
Wasting the Best and the Brightest: Substance Abuse at America’s Colleges and Universities [pdf]. In 1993 and 1994, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University released its first reports on substance abuse America’s colleges and universities. These reports drew attention to the widespread problems of student smoking and drinking, and highlighted the escalating problem of dangerous drinking among college women. More than a decade later, CASA’s exhaustive examination of the current situation reveals an intensified student culture of addictive substances in colleges and universities across America and a range of harmful academic, health and social consequences that extend into the surrounding communities.

Non-Medical Prescription Drug Use Toolkit for Health Promotion Professionals [pdf]

Position Statement on Tobacco on College and University Campuses [pdf]
ACHA-recommended positions to be taken to address policy, prevention, and cessation as it pertains to tobacco issues.

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