Identifying the alcohol evidence base

This page provides an overview of the resources available online for people wanting to access or produce research in the alcohol field.  It focuses on UK-based sources but includes an overview of international peer-reviewed journals.

Click here for a downloadable version of this briefing


PEER-REVIEWED ALCOHOL AND DRUG RESEARCH JOURNALS

While alcohol-related research appears in a wide range of peer-reviewed publications, there are a number of specialist journals that focus primarily on alcohol, drugs and addiction research.

Click on titles to go the relevant webpage.  The journal impact factor[i] is provided alongside the title, and fully open-access journals are identified.  Most journals have an open access option for authors, so a small proportion of their recent articles may also be freely available.

Title Editions per year
Addiction
4.75
12
Addiction Research and Theory
0.922
6
Addiction Science and Clinical Practice
N/A
10
Alcohol
2.255
9
Alcohol and Alcoholism
1.956
6
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
3.421
12
American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
1.733
6
Contemporary Drug Problems
N/A
4
Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy
0.594
6
Drug and Alcohol Dependence
3.141
12
Drugs and Alcohol Review
2.017
6
Drugs and Alcohol Today
N/A
4
International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research
N/A
Open access
4
International Journal of Drug Policy
2.256
6
Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
2.25
6
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
1.985
8
Journal of Substance Use
0.641
6
Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
N/A
Open access
6
Social History of Alcohol and Drugs
N/A
Open access (archive)
2
Substance Use and Misuse
1.109
14

 


PRIMARY DATA

The following sources provide primary data on alcohol consumption, sales, harms and regulation in the UK:


UK RESEARCH PROVIDERS

A number of UK organisations provide research reports, briefs, summaries and aggregation services.

Alcohol Research UK resources

Alcohol Research UK also support:


Further sources of original research reports


Research libraries


Research aggregation services

Twitter-based alcohol research notifications are also provided by a number of organisations, including:


Information and advice


Film and video resources


Research centres

The following list includes centres both within and across UK universities that have a significant focus on alcohol research


Research networks


Further information

For further information on the role of Alcohol Research UK in supporting alcohol research, please contact our Research Manager, James Nicholls.


[i] Impact Factor is a metric based on the number of citations a journal receives each year. It is a measure of a journal’s prominence, but not an agreed measure of quality. In the 2014 REF, for instance, research submissions will be assessed on individual merit rather than raw citation metrics.