Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Welcome to the Centre for Addiction Research

Alcohol, tobacco, other drug use and gambling contribute to many and various health and social challenges facing New Zealanders today.

  • Tobacco, alcohol and drug use are among the ten leading risk factors contributing to premature disease or disability in New Zealand, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation's Global Burden of Disease Study 2010, and
  • One in forty New Zealanders are negatively affected by other people’s gambling, according to the Ministry of Health's 2012 New Zealand Health Survey
  •  13.8% of the New Zealand population is predicted to meet criteria for a substance use disorder at some time in their lives and people with substance use disorders often experience other disorders - 40% of people with a substance use disorder experienced an anxiety disorder and 29% experienced a mood disorder, according to the Ministry of Health's 2006 survey, Te Rau Hinengaro - The New Zealand Mental Health Survey.

The Centre for Addiction Research was established in 2012 to bring together the many talented researchers at the University of Auckland who are exploring the field of addictions. We are committed to undertaking the highest quality research and disseminating those findings within and beyond the academic community to inform policy, practice and debate in the prevention and treatment of addiction.

With our broad research expertise, we are able to investigate addiction at every level – from molecular research right through to societal research, and everything in between, including biomedical, pharmacological, psychological, public health and behavioural research.

By fostering interdisciplinary addiction research and learning, as well as exploring the interplay between addictive consumptions, the Centre for Addiction Research hopes to contribute to improved quality of life and well-being for all New Zealanders.



  • Our mission and goals

    The centre exists to undertake research that informs policy and practice in the prevention and treatment of addiction - find out more about our vision and goals.

  • Director's message

    A welcome message from the Director of the Centre for Addiction Research, Associate Professor Janie Sheridan.

  • Our values

    Read about the principles that guide our work.

  • Background

    The Centre for Addiction Research brings together University of Auckland researchers with an established track record across the addictions field.