The Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (DARC) is a multi-disciplinary Centre engaging staff with social science, health, social care and humanities backgrounds across the University.

The Centre builds on a long tradition of cutting edge research and promotes the ‘golden circle’ of linked research, teaching and knowledge exchange. It has created a network of Affiliated Staff who contribute to research and teaching. DARC has also established research relationships with practice organisations, through linked Associates to further co-production approaches and incorporate knowledge from practice more centrally in our work.

DARC conducts high quality research which aims to contribute to knowledge and understanding of drug and alcohol use, problem use, and policy and intervention responses across cultures and countries and over time. We work collaboratively with academics, practitioners, service users and other stakeholders in the UK and in other countries. Our research and knowledge exchange activity fosters practice-oriented, inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural approaches, and prioritises national and global health and welfare challenges. Current themes include research on: 1) drug-related deaths, 2) workforce development, 3) treatment/ intervention, 4) young people and drug use, 5) alcohol use and mental health.

The research generates a wide range of publications including books, journal papers and reports.
Open seminars, conferences and events are arranged providing opportunities for staff, students, service users and community members to find out about the Centre’s research and to engage in discussion about current issues in substance use and substance-related problems.

DARC hosts the UK chapter of the International Society for Substance Use Professionals ( and runs jointly organised international webinars on key issues relevant to practitioners and policy makers.

DARC supports postgraduate Master’s and doctoral students, as well as undergraduate students with an interest in substance use issues. Staff also teach methodology across on a range of programmes.

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