Healthy Nightlife Toolbox - Resources for Creating Safer Nightlife Settings


The Healthy Nightlife Toolbox (HNT) is an international initiative that focuses on the reduction of harm from alcohol and drug use among young people.

The Healthy Nightlife Toolbox collects and provides information on evidence-based interventions targeted at drug and alcohol use and related problems in nightlife settings. 

The Healthy Nightlife Toolbox is a website designed for local, regional and national policy makers and prevention workers, to help reduce harm from alcohol and drug use in nightlife settings

The toolbox is made up of three databases:

The Healthy Nightlife Toolbox  Information sheet summarises the available knowledge on creating a healthy and safe nightlife.

Healthy Nightlife Toolbox

Addictions across the Lifespan

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United Kingdom

Addictive behaviours affect people of all ages and socio-economic levels.

This event is a chance to explore the nature of addictive behaviours, their impact throughout the life span, some current interventions and research topics.

There will be poster presentations by Pre-Qualification and Trainee members as well as time for networking to continue our mentoring culture in the South West.

11th International Conference on Nightlife, Substance Use and Related Health Issues

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The 11th International Conference on Nightlife, Substance Use and Related Health Issues will be held in Amsterdam, 15-17 May 2019.

The conference hopes to bring together experts and stakeholders from a wide range of fields to present, meet and exchange experiences, evidence and views on the latest research, policy and practice relating to protecting and promoting health in urban night-time settings.

 The objectives of Club Health Amsterdam 2019 include:

  • To develop understanding of the impacts of nightlife activity and the necessity for creating and maintaining safe and healthy nightlife environments
  • To facilitate the implementation of effective, evidence-based policies, interventions and approaches in nightlife environments that can reduce potential harms
  • To improve knowledge and expertise about how nightlife environments and settings can be developed, managed and sustained effectively
  • To promote multi-agency partnerships and networks at local, national, European and international levels
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Access to Care for People with Alcohol Use Disorder in France


Introduction: Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a major public health concern worldwide. In France, only 10% of people with AUD (PWAUD) receive medical care. General practitioners (GP) are one of the main entry points for AUD care. The present ongoing study, entitled ASIA (Access to Care and Indifference toward Alcohol, Accès aux Soins et Indifference à l’Alcool in French), aims to improve knowledge about factors associated with access to care for AUD by exploring related GP and PWAUD practices, experiences and perceptions.

Methods and analysis: The ASIA project is an ongoing cross-sectional multisite study based on a complementary mixed-method approach (quantitative and qualitative) using a convergent parallel design. The double-perspective design of the study will enable us to collect and compare data regarding both PWAUD and GP points of view. For the PWAUD quantitative study, 260 PWAUD will be interviewed using a telephone-based questionnaire. For the qualitative study, 36 PWAUD have already been interviewed. The GP quantitative study will include 100 GP in a 15 min survey. Fifteen GP have already participated in semistructured interviews for the qualitative study. Logistic regression will be used to identify predictors for access to care. With respect to data analyses, qualitative interviews will be analysed using semantic analysis while quantitative logistic regression will be used for quantitative interviews.

Ethics and dissemination: This study was approved by the CNIL (French National Commission on Informatics and Liberties) (approval reference number: C16-10, date of approval: 17 July 2017), the CCTIRS (Advisory Committee on Information Processing in Material Research in the Field of Health) and the CEEI (Evaluation and Ethics Committee) (approval reference number: 16–312, date of approval: 8 July 2016) of INSERM (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research). Results from ASIA will be disseminated in peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations, reports and in a PhD thesis.

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European Drug Report 2018: Trends and Developments.

Preventing Overdose Deaths in Europe

There were over 9000 fatal overdoses in Europe in 2016. Tackling this concerning issues remains a key priority for public health policy.  

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drugs Addiction has published their latest perspective on drugs titled Preventing Overdose Deaths in Europe.

The analysis presents the latest facts and figures and describes particular risks that are associated with fatal and non-fatal overdoses. It also suggests a number of evidenced interventions that can be implemented to reduce the chances of harm and prevent overdose occurring.

The online version of the perspective contains interactive features, risk assessment tools and videos.

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drugs Addiction has published their latest perspective on drugs titled Preventing Overdose Deaths in Europe

Health and Social Responses to Drug Problems: A European Guide

Health and social responses to drug problems: a European guide is a new publication from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). Included alongside the guide is a set of online materials. Together these provide a reference point for the planning, implementation and delivery of health and social responses to drug problems across Europe. In this way, the resource looks to assist those working to tackle such challenges. It also aims to inform the improvement of old programmes for intervention, as well as the development of new ones.

Health and social responses to drug problems: a European guide advises that the best responses are dependent upon the specificity of the drug problem and the contexts in which they occur. Social acceptability, which of course varies across cultures, is also a factor that determines the appropriateness of implementing certain types of intervention.

Click here to access the resource.

European Drug Report 2018

The European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has released their latest European Drugs report. 

Covering 30 European countries the report explores drug trends, developments in prevention and treatment, public health issues, supply and drug policy. 

Available in 24 languages the report is free to download from the EMCDDA website:

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Overview of European University-Based Study Programmes in the Addictions Field

In 2015, the team from the Department of Addictology (First Faculty of Medicine of Charles University and General University Hospital in Prague) in cooperation with our colleague from the Department of Community Medicine & Health Care, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Professor Thomas Babor, conducted an internet survey focused on mapping how many university-based programmes in the addictions field are available in European countries and what their characteristics are. It is a unique comprehensive attempt to prepare an overview of such programmes in Europe, being realized under the auspices of and in cooperation with the ICUDDR ( and its Coordinating center for Europe (Charles University).

We built on our own experience with the programme called Addictology operating at Charles University in the Czech Republic. 

The frame and together the main limit of this work were only a few pre-defined key words for databases searching (addiction studies and drug/alcohol studies, master in addiction, addiction counselling and substance use). The identified programmes were subjected to a content analysis.

All findings had been published in the Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy Journal in 2017 (see the full citation below). Here we present the main findings from this European survey.

We found 25 universities in 8 European countries that together offered 34 addiction studies programmes, awarded with a degree. In total, 6 programmes were at the bachelor‘s level (15,4 %), 18 programmes were at the master‘s level (43,6 %), and only 4 programmes were offered at the doctoral level (Ph.D., 12,8 %).

Number of addiction studies programmes

United Kingdom: 25

Czech Republic: 3

Spain: 2

Germany: 1

Denmark: 1 (joint degree with Italy and UK)

Finland: 1

Netherlands: 1

The largest number of programmes was identified in the United Kingdom, this could be explained by a number of various degree possibilities in this country (such as foundation degrees or postgraduate certificates/diplomas) and a long history in developing addiction studies education. Only the Charles University in the Czech Republic offered three programmes, or more precisely one programme called Addictology at all academic levels (bachelor‘s, master‘s and doctoral), and so the most comprehensive education in the field.

Most programmes (N=25) were focused specifically on the addictions field which is being reflected in their titles, and nine programmes were parts of other disciplines such as psychology, law or public health.

We tried to assume the background of the programmes based on the faculty or department that operated them, and found the same number (N=5) representing programmes built on medical and social base, four programmes were psychological, two were specifically oriented on research. The most common title of such a programme was „addiction studies“ yet this result could be influenced by the key words we used for searching.

One third of programmes was offered both full-time and part-time, eight programmes enabled only a full-time format of studies and five only part-time. Seven programmes (20%) were offered only online or in a distance learning format. Most bachelor‘s programmes last three years and most master‘s two years full-time. Doctoral studies are more individual in all characteristics.

The basic admission condition is the relevant previous education (secondary school for bachelor‘s, bachelor‘s degree for master‘s programmes) yet there are other conditions, sometimes the applicants have an opportunity to study if they have adequate professional experience.

Seventeen programmes stated on their websites that they included some form of practical experience (internship, clinical practice, practical teaching, voluntary work). Six programmes mentioned that the clinical practice or research placement is a compulsory part of the study so as to be assessed at the end of studies. Other forms of assessments include written and oral exams.

The most frequent courses and study modules were identified as following: research methodology (25), basic theories and models of addiction (18), intervention methods and skills (17), treatment and recovery (10), criminal justice and law (10), mental health, dual diagnoses (10), social work (9). Within the less represented courses were harm reduction, psychology, management, prevention, family therapy or neuroscience.

Our data show that the study programmes in the addictions field are diverse and complex, they were created within various contexts and independently of each other. There are some attempts to cooperate and we would like to facilitate this process.

It is necessary to emphasize that there is still an important need and key role of other professions that had worked in the addictions field even before the addiction specialization was created. The narrow specialization, and maybe the unique position as a healthcare professional (the case study of the Czech Republic), the addictologist could serve as a base for contact with people with substance use disorders and other addictions, and is definitely not able to work effectively for a client‘s needs without cooperation with other colleagues.

Charles University became the Coordinating Center of ICUDDR for the Universal Prevention and Universal Treatment curricula for Europe, so we are ready to share our experience in implementing UPC/UTC. We also continue our work of mapping the academic addiction programmes in the rest of the world. This work will will be published soon, both in professional journals and also in short summary versions on the websites of ICUDDR ( and ISSUP ( You can follow us on ResearchGate or contact the corresponding author, Amalie Pavlovská (amalie [dot] pavlovska [at] lf1 [dot] cuni [dot] cz ()). It is our great honour to be in touch with colleagues from the field and create a strong network of people interested in the education in the addictions field around the world.

Citation of the original paper: Pavlovská, A., Miovský, M., Babor, T. F. & Gabrhelík, R. (2017). Overview of the European university-based study programmes in the addictions field, Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 24:6, 485-491. DOI: 10.1080/09687637.2016.1223603