The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs

Drug and Alcohol Review

Drug and Alcohol Review is the official journal of APSAD, and was first published in 1982. The Journal is an international forum for the views, expertise and experience of all those involved in the study of treatment of alcohol, tobacco and drug problems. The journal represents an important source of information to clinicians, drug and alcohol agency staff, researchers, policy makers and alcohol service administrators.


Circulation Print distriution: Approximately 400
Available to 9000 institutions through EBSCO and Wiley Online
Readership Clinicians, researchers and decision-makers involved in the multi-disciplinary nature of the alcohol and drug research community and field: criminology, psychology, public health, philosophy, political science, epidemiology, sociology and economics are amongst the disciplines published
Printed Seven issues annually (January, February, March, May, July, September, November)
Impact Factor 3.343 (2020)
ISSNs Print: 0959-5236
Online: 1465-3362
Indexing Services Addiction Abstracts, Applied Social Science Index and Abstracts (ASSIA), Australasia Medical Index, Current Contents/Social & Behavioural Sciences, e-psyche, Health-ROM, Index Medicus/MEDLINE, National Criminal Justice Reference Services Abstracts, Psychological Abstracts/PsycINFO/PsycLIT, Research Alert, Social Sciences Citation Index, Social SciSearch, Studies on Women and GenderAbstracts, Tobacco and Health Abstracts (NISC), Toxibase, Violence and Abuse Abstracts: A Review of Current Literature on Interpersonal Violence.


Members of APSAD receive the Journal as part of their annual subscription. Members can also enjoy free online access by logging on to the Members section and following the link to the journal website.

Accessing the Drug and Alcohol Review online for Non-Members 

Accessing the Drug and Alcohol Review online for Members  - Enter your username and password in the logon fields located on the left hand side of the home page. Your login name and password are set up by you when you join APSAD. If you are unsure of either of these, please contact the APSAD office between 8:00am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday. Once you are logged in go to the Member's Area tab on the home page of the website and select Drug and Alcohol Reveiw Online. 


Contributors to the journal examine and report on alcohol and drug abuse from a wide range of clinical, psychological and sociological standpoints. The principal criterion for publication of papers is their quality.

The Drug and Alcohol Review features articles in the following categories:

  • Original Papers – reports of new research findings or conceptual analyses that make a significant contribution to knowledge (3500 word limit). Papers analysing qualitative fieldwork or documentary materials (normally without tables) may have up to 4500 words. Ordinarily, original papers should include no more than 40 references.
  • Commentaries and For Discussion– evidence-based opinion pieces involving areas of broad interest (1500 word limit) and invited commentaries. “For Discussion” pieces are commentaries where the editors have decided to invite comments from other scholars on the commentary (1000 word limit).
  • Comprehensive Reviews – critical reviews of the literature, including systematic reviews and meta-analyses (5000 word limit).
  • Brief Reports preliminary findings of research in progress or a case report of particular interest (1500 word limit). Ordinarily, Brief Reports should include no more than 20 references.
  • Editorial articles – are usually commissioned but unsolicited material may be considered. Please approach the Editor-in-Chief before submitting this material (Email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Letters to the Editor – are welcomed and will be published online only (1000 word limit).
  • Critiques – reviews of books or grey literature (please approach the Critiques Editor before submitting a review, 800 word limit).
  • Special Issues and Special Sections on topics of interest are also regularly published.

If you are submitting a paper for publication in Drug and Alcohol Review please read the author guidelines.

All manuscripts are to be submitted electronically on the Drug and Alcohol Review manuscript submissions website. New users should first create an account. Once you are logged onto the site, submissions can be entered via the Author Centre.

Please feel free to contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any queries.



The scientific quality and professional standards of the Drug and Alcohol Review are guaranteed by the editors and a panel of expert peer reviewers. The Editorial team endeavours to continually expand its panel of reviewers, and is particularly interested in identifying younger researchers, academics and research-oriented clinicians whose scientific reputation may not yet have received international recognition. The Editorial team is immensely grateful to the Journal's reviewers, on the basis of whose efforts the international reputation of the Drug and Alcohol Review is founded.