Eurocare WWW

The Internet — Communication for the Present and the Future...

The Internet, or World Wide Web, is proving to be an invaluable tool of communication for organisations involved in both advocacy and public health roles. It is a relatively cheap and efficient way for organisations around the world to gather and exchange information as well as to communicate more effectively.

Since October 1996, web sites for both the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) and Eurocare have been established on the Internet. Both sites contain information on topics including alcohol related issues, current policy, and news. In addition the IAS web site contains fact sheets on alcohol, IAS press releases, publications, papers, and research updates. The Eurocare site has information on its member organisations, the WHO Charter on Alcohol, Eurocare publications and policy. Work is continuing on collating information for profiles of individual European countries. Both web sites are fully searchable and contain links pages to other related web sites.

The two sites between them have to date received a total of 350,125 'hits' (access to a page and or graphic) which equates to 24,375 visitors. This is an average of 106 visits per day.

These two sites are found at the following addresses:

Institute of Alcohol Studies http://www.ias.org.uk

Eurocare http://www.eurocare.org

European web sites by country

FINLAND

Finnish Association for Healthy Lifestyles http://www.elamantapaliitto.fi

Finnish Health Association http://www.terveysry.fi

GERMANY

Guttempler Hilfswerk eV http://www.iogt-international.org/guttempler-suchtkliniken

ISRAEL

The Israel Society for the Prevention of Alcoholism http://www.ias.org.uk/ispa

NETHERLANDS

Jellinek http://www.calyx.com/~mariolap/med/jellinek.html

NORWAY

Alkokutt http://www.alkokutt.no

PORTUGAL

Sociedade Anti-Alcoolica Portuguesa http://www.saap.pt

SWEDEN IOGT-NTO Sweden http://www.iogt.se

SWITZERLAND

Institut suisse de prevention de l'alcoolisme et autres toxicomanies (ISPA) http://www.sfa-ispa.ch

UNITED KINGDOM

Alcohol Concern http://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk

British Medical Association http://www.bma.org.uk

Institute for the Study of Drug Dependence (ISDD) http://www.isdd.co.uk

International and European web sites

IOGT International http://www.iogt-international.org

International Council on Alcohol and Addictions http://www.icaa.ch

WHO Europe http://www.who.dk

European Commission http://www.europa.eu.int/en/comm.html

European Parliament http://www.europarl.eu.int

Council of the European Union http://agenor.consilium.eu.int

Web sites outside of Europe

AUSTRALIA

Australian Drug Foundation http://www.adf.org.au

Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia http://www.adca.org.au

CANADA

Addiction Research Foundation http://www.adca.org.au

Canadian Center on Substance Abuse http://www.ccsa.ca

NEW ZEALAND

Alcohol and Public Health Research Unit http://www.aphru.ac.nz

New Zealand Drug Foundation http://www.nzdf.org.nz

USA

Center for Science in the Public Interest http://www.cspinet.org

Marin Institute http://www.marininstitute.org

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism http://www.niaaa.nih.gov

National Clearing House for Drug and Alcohol Information http://www.health.org

Web of Addictions http://www.well.com/user/woa

THE GLOBE magazine.