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A website with publications and links about the development and implementation of brief interventions and preventative actions aimed at problems related to alcohol consumption in the Americas. The website is supported by INEBRIA - the International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol Problems. (Spanish and Portuguese) Link

World Health Assembly Resolution WHA61.4

At the May 2008 World Health Assembly, the Member States considered the report of the Secretariat "Strategies to reduce the harmful use of alcohol" and adopted a resolution that mandated that WHO prepares a draft global strategy to to reduce the harmful use of alcohol.  This link provides information on resolution WHA61.4 and the current state of its implementation.Link

PAHO-Valencia Project

The PAHO-Valencia Project is being developed in Panama, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Guyana.  It focuses on policy development, research on consumption and on injuries resulting from consumption, and training in interventions for professionals in primary health care. (Login Required)

WHO Substance Abuse Program

Other Organizations:

UNODC: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (Vienna)

CICAD: Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Comission

EMCDDA: European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (Lisbon)

NIAAA: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

NIDA: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Drug and Alcohol Findings - Responding to drug and alcohol use in Britain

Linking practice to research, research to practice

Alcohol and Cancer - European Cancer Leagues

Offers information and references to scientific publications on the relationship between alcohol and cancer

Collaborating Centers in the AMRO Region:

Mexican Institute of Psychiatry

Department of Psychobiology at the Federal University of São Paulo

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Toronto, Canada)

WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Drug Dependence, Alcoholism and Mental Health


WHO Collaborating Centre for Training & Research in Mental Health and the Prevention of Substance Abuse


SDE Collaborating Centers Portal

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Research and Educational Opportunities

Two programs are offered by the Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, USA:

First, VCU is one of 18 host universities for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, a Fullbright exchange activity that brings accomplished professionals from selected developing countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Europe and Eurasia to the United States at a mid-point in their careers for a year of study and related practical professional experiences.  Fellows are nominated by U.S. Embassies or Fullbright Commissions based on their potential for leadership.  Fellowships are granted competitively to professional candidates with a commitment to public service in academic, public and the private sectors in a wide range of fields. In keeping with its mission, the VCU Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies hosts Humphrey Fellowship Program in Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Policy.  The Program at VCU is jointly funded by the U.S. State Department and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. We would greatly appreciate your assistance in sharing information about this program with university faculty as well as appropriate government officials and treatment providers in the addictions field. Applications for the 2011-12 program year are currently being accepted, and we strongly encourage those with an interest in substance abuse research, training and policy to apply. A program brochure is attached and you can learn more about the NIDA Humphrey Fellowship at:

The second program is the International Program in Addiction Studies (IPAS). IPAS is a unique online programme of graduate study leading to the Master of Science degree. Both full-time (12 months) and part-time (24 months) study options are available. The program was jointly designed and implemented by the academic staff of King's College London, University of Adelaide ( Australia) and VCU, with lectures provided by leading authorities from around the world.  The aim of the programme is to develop professionals who are highly prepared to assume leadership roles in the addictions field at the local, national and international levels.  The programme provides students with an advanced educational experience covering the scientific basis of addiction, comparative epidemiology, evidence-based interventions (including pharmacological, psychosocial and public health approaches), research methodology, and addictions policy.  Again, we invite you to share this information with others who may be interested in this innovative educational opportunity. Additional information about IPAS is provided at the programme's website: