Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs/Substance Use

External Resources by Topic

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Alcohol is a free service of Join Together, a project of the The Partnership at and Boston University School of Public Health. 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.

College Alcohol Intervention Matrix (CollegeAIM)
From NIAAA. CollegeAIM is a matrix-based tool developed with input from leading college alcohol researchers to help college personnel choose wisely among the many potential interventions to address harmful and underage college student drinking. 
From NIAAA. is a 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 Michigan State University 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.

Public Health Surveillance and Alcohol-Related Injuries
An infographic created by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Online Master of Science in Health Informatics degree program.

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.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Office of Applied Studies collects and reports on national and state data to assist policymakers, treatment providers and patients make informed decisions regarding the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders.

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).

Gambling 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 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.
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.
Website from Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. Download the 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's Reports on Smoking and Tobacco Use

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.

Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) created this initiative to promote and support the adoption and implementation of tobacco-free policies at universities, colleges, and other institutions of higher learning across the United States.

Tobacco-Free Colleges and Universities
The American Lung Association searchable online directory of colleges and universities with 100% tobacco-free campus policies.

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.

Truth Initiative® 
Known previously as American Legacy Foundation, Truth Initiative® is America’s largest non-profit public health organization dedicated to making tobacco use a thing of the past. This organization provides education, tobacco-control research and policy studies, and community activism and engagement.


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.

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.

Campus Drug Prevention
From the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). This website provides resources to institutions of higher education and their surrounding communities in order to prevent drug abuse among college students. The resources are intended to help promote the importance of prevention and its role in helping ensure the health and safety of our nation’s colleges and universities.

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.