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 Schools of Health and Education, Law, Business Studies, and Science and Technology.

The Centre builds on a long tradition of cutting edge research and promotes the ‘golden circle’ of linked research, teaching and knowledge transfer. It has established a network of associated members – independent researchers, NGOs, Social Enterprise organisations and service providers – to further the aim of conducting research which is relevant to policy and practice as well as contributing to the advancement of knowledge.

Staff are involved in a wide range of European, national and local research funded mainly by the EU, government departments, research councils and charities. Current projects include leading a EU project ‘Exchanging Prevention practices on Polydrug use among youth in Criminal justice systems’ (EPPIC ). Areas of expertise within DARC include: alcohol and drug policy, aspects of policy implementation at local level, youth and substance use, substance use and ethnicity, older people and alcohol, drugs/alcohol and the criminal justice system; evaluation of policy and services.

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

DARC supports postgraduate research students and a master in dual diagnosis; staff teach on a range of methodology programmes.


DARC report published Drugs education in schools: The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Programme

Summary of presentations are now available for the Alcohol and Public Health: Framing and communicating risk conference.

Find out more about the EPPIC study

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Drugs Education in Schools: The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation programme

Thursday March 7th, 2019

Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (DARC) in collaboration with the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation is hosting a seminar on 'Drugs Education in schools: The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation programme'. Find out more. … Continue reading

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