Section on Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco

From the Chair

 Welcome to the Alcohol, Drugs, & Tobacco Section website! The goal of  this site is to encourage member interaction and provide resources that  assist us in our study of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco.  It is also a place for  prospective members to learn about our section and join us in advancing  our field.

 I highly encourage all of you to attend this year's ASA Annual Meeting in  San Francisco. This year's theme is Hard Times: The Impact of  Economic Inequalities on Families and Individuals. The annual  meeting is an excellent opportunity to network and share your current  research with others with similar interests. We will also be honoring our Senior Scholar, Junior Scholar, and Outstanding Graduate Student Paper at our section's reception.

One section issue that needs attention is the drop in ADT membership that has seriously declined over the last few years.  This number has to increase or we may be in jeopardy of losing own section status. If you have any ideas or strategies to help do this, please contact me ( or our Chair Elect Wendy Chapkis (

In closing, I would like to point out that this is an exceptionally exciting time to be a substance use researcher with policy changes occurring in regards to marijuana and drug offenders' sentencing guidelines as well as the reemerging of opiates use in and among new drug using populations. I wish you all a productive year and I look forward to seeing you in San Francisco.


Avelardo Valdez

2014 ADT Chair