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National Drug Research Institute

Preventing Harmful Drug Use In Australia


NDRI is a designated World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Research into the Prevention and Control of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

NDRI staff have completed over 100 projects, many of which have resulted in positive outcomes for drug policy and the community.

This success has led to recognition of NDRI nationally and internationally as a leading authority in the area of drug and alcohol research.

NDRI's research has:

  • influenced NH&MRC guidelines for responsible drinking and the introduction of standard drink labelling;
  • provided evidence for the inclusion of harm minimisation provisions in liquor licensing laws;
  • provided evidence against the indiscriminate issuing of Extended Trading Permits;
  • contributed to informed debate on alcohol taxation arrangements;
  • provided evidence supporting the implementation/continuation of liquor licensing restrictions in areas where alcohol related harm has had a significant impact on Aboriginal Australian communities;
  • contributed to the prevention of substance misuse among Aboriginal Australians at local, regional, state/territory and national levels;
  • generated evidence which contributed to cannabis law reforms that introduced civil, rather than criminal, penalties for minor cannabis offences;
  • contributed to the evaluation of alcohol and other drug education programs in schools and to the development of new principles for drug education;
  • provided a model for minimising the harm associated with teenage drinking at major events.