In June 1991 the Centre held its first Biennial International Conference on “Alcohol, Drugs and Society in Africa”.

Since then a total of nine conferences have been held in series drawing participants from all parts of the world.


Beginning with the fifth edition, this biennial gathering of academics, policy makers, professionals, and students has been held in Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria.



The conferences have focused on the following themes:
1991 Approaches to Demand Reduction
1993 The social Cost of Drug Abuse and Drug Trafficking
1995 Drugs in the Work place: An Emerging Labour Crisis in Nigeria
1999 Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment: What Works?
2000 Drugs, Alcohol and Youth: From Research to Policy
2002 Social and Economic Consequences of Drug Abuse: Research and Policy Considerations for Sub-Saharan Africa
2006 Responding to Alcohol and Drug problems: A Focus on Effective Policies and Interventions
2008 Substance Abuse and Social Development
2010 Alcohol, Drugs and HIV/AIDS in Africa: Research, Prevention and Treatment Issues
2012 Social Determinants of Substance Abuse in African Societies: From Knowledge to Action
2014 Improving Access to Effective Treatment for Drug Use Disorder in Africa