Alcohol-related projects

Implementation specialists, researchers, and policymakers at the Trimbos Institute work on a variety of alcohol-centered projects and programs. These projects and programs include education for clinicians, teachers, and municipalities, policy development for organizations and government offices, and information sessions for teens and families.

Addiction, psychological problems, and homelessness

Addiction and psychological problems play a large role in homelessness. In the Netherlands, care and shelter for the homeless is addressed at the municipal level. The Trimbos Institute offers municipalities advice on addiction and psychological problems, homelessness policy evaluation, and client-focused research. 

For more information, contact Michel Planije


Addictions and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe - Reframing Addictions Project (ALICE RAP)

The objective of the ALICE RAP program was to reframe the general understanding of addiction and to help redesigning addiction policy based on objective scientific evidence. The Trimbos Institute’s studies addictions governance by describing the views and forces that determine the ways societies steer themselves and by taking stock of present governance practices relating to known and new, emerging addictions. For more information, visit the English-language website here.


Alcohol and Drug Prevention at Clubs and Pubs

Alcohol and Drug Prevention at Clubs and Pubs is a harm reduction program and study that provides tools for local authorities to create healthier and safer nightlife environments by using a healthy settings approach. The focus is on reducing the use (especially high-risk use) of substances and related problems such as traffic accidents or violent crimes. The Trimbos Institute provides educational flyers and a website for partygoers about different kinds of drugs and how to reduce risks.

For more information, contact Ferry Goossens


Alcohol Infoline

Through the Alcohol Infoline, experts from the Trimbos Institute provide evidence-based information and advice about alcohol use to callers. Information is provided about teens and drinking, sexual activity and alcohol, pregnancy and drinking, reducing alcohol consumption, and laws related to alcohol and drinking. This help line is financially supported by the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport.

For more information, contact Ninette van Hasselt


Alcohol Infoline website

Through the Alcohol Infoline website, experts from the Trimbos Institute provide evidence-based information and advice about alcohol use. The website contains information for parents, for young adults, for pregnant women, for those who live with someone with a problem with alcohol, and for those worried about their alcohol consumption. The website is financially supported by the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport.

For more information, contact Ninette van Hasselt


Children of parents with psychological or addiction problems

Children of parents with psychological or addiction problems are vulnerable but often invisible. The Trimbos Institute offers guidance on how to identify these children, how to offer them and their families needed support and services, and how to reduce future risks with these populations. A website with information for parents is also available; more information in Dutch can be found here. In addition, Trimbos organizes the National Conference on Children of Parents with Psychological or Addiction Problems twice a year. This conference informs healthcare professionals about new ways of caring for these populations, presents new research findings, and promotes knowledge exchange between professionals, caregivers, and policymakers.   

For more information, contact Rianne van der Zanden


Dutch National School Survey

The Dutch National School Survey is a national research effort regarding the use of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and the internet among adolescents. The Trimbos Institute conducts this research in collaboration with the University of Utrecht. The results of this research show the trends regarding the use of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and the internet, while laying the foundation for new policies in schools, municipalities, and care institutions. Parents are targeted in a special module focusing on parenting practices, substance specific rules, and attitudes towards substance use.

For more information, contact Karin Monshouwer


European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs

Conducted every four years, the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) is a collaborative effort of independent research teams in more than forty European countries. It is the largest multinational research project on adolescent substance use in the world. The overall aim of the project is to repeatedly collect comparable data on substance use among 15- to 16-year-old students in as many European countries as possible.  More information can be found here on the ESPAD website.

For more information, contact Karin Monshouwer


Evaluation of the Luxembourg government’s Drug Strategy and Action Plan

At the request of the Luxembourg Ministry of Health, the Trimbos Institute conducted an evaluation of Luxembourg’s governmental Drug Strategy and Action Plan (2010-2014) regarding the fight against drugs and addictions. Experts from the Trimbos Institute evaluated the government strategy through surveys and face-to-face interviews with a selected group of stakeholders about the achievements of the Drugs Strategy and Action Plan, and a SWOT analysis of the Plan’s strengths and weaknesses. This resulted in a number of recommendations for the new Drugs Strategy and Action Plan.


Evaluation of the Luxembourg government’s Drug Strategy and Action Plan

At the request of the Luxembourg Ministry of Health, the Trimbos Institute conducted an evaluation of Luxembourg’s governmental Drug Strategy and Action Plan (2010-2014) regarding the fight against drugs and addictions. Experts from the Trimbos Institute evaluated the government strategy through surveys and face-to-face interviews with a selected group of stakeholders about the achievements of the Drugs Strategy and Action Plan, and a SWOT analysis of the Plan’s strengths and weaknesses. This resulted in a number of recommendations for the new Drugs Strategy and Action Plan.


Happy Drinks

To promote non-alcoholic beverages and present a fun and delicious alternative to alcohol, master chef Pierre Wind was commissioned by the Trimbos Institute to develop Happy Drinks. The regional community health and addiction services have deployed mobile bars specially designed for large events and parties attended by young people. To see how you can provide Happy Drinks, go to the Dutch language site here.

For more information, contact Lex Lemmers


Health Behavior in School-aged Children

The Health Behavior in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey collects data every four years on 11-, 13- and 15-year-old boys' and girls' health and well-being, social environments, and health behaviors. HBSC includes 44 countries and regions across Europe and North America. Data collection alternates with the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs; the next HBSC study will be conducted in 2017. More information can be found on the HBSC website here.

For more information, contact Saskia van Dorsselaer


Healthy schools: A prevention program

The Healthy School Prevention Program is a school-based prevention program for elementary and middle school students about alcohol, drug use, and tobacco use. In conjunction with educators, municipalities, and families, the Health School Prevention Program staff assists in the development of school policies on alcohol, drug use, and smoking, educating students, identifying and helping students with substance abuse problems, and working with parents and families.

For more information, contact Jeroen Lammers


How can I help my kids say 'No' to tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis?

The Trimbos Institute and STIVORO, the former Dutch knowledge center for tobacco control, launched a joint campaign entitled How Can I Help My Kids Say "No" to Tobacco, Alcohol, and Cannabis?. The campaign website provides concrete tips and information about parenting, teens and addiction (drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gaming), healthy lifestyle choices, and other sensitive topics. Parents can also read the experiences of other parents and watch a video in which parents talk to their kids about resisting temptations.

For more information, contact Matthijs Oud


NEMESIS-2 study

The Trimbos Institute is involved in large scale, longitudinal research monitoring the mental health of the Dutch population between the ages 18 to 64 years old as part of the Netherlands Mental Health Survey and Incidence Study (NEMESIS-2). The aim of NEMESIS-2 is to generate basic information about the mental health of the Dutch population, as well as changes in the mental health of the adult population over time. For more information, visit the Dutch language NEMESIS-2 website here

For more information, contact Margreet ten Have


NIX18

NIX18 is an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport in collaboration with numerous partners such as the Trimbos Institute. The aim of NIX18 is to uphold the social standard of “No drinking and smoking before the age of 18”. The Trimbos Institute is responsible for researching the effectiveness of this campaign. Moreover, the Trimbos Institute assists local initiatives that further the aim of NIX18, including making non-alcoholic drinks more attractive. The Trimbos Institute also supports the national implementation of local initiatives such as these. More about NIX18 can be found at the Dutch-language site here.

For more information, contact Ingrid Schulten


Open and alert

The Open and Alert project provides tools to residential youth workers at institutions that focus on individuals with addictions. The Trimbos Institute has developed a set of guidelines to assist these organizations in developing clear policies on alcohol and drug use, as well as increasing the expertise of the professionals. Open and Alert was acknowledged in 2011 as a “Well-founded Theoretical Intervention” by the Center for Healthy Living, a part of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.

For more information, contact Lonneke van Leeuwen


Prevention and education among young people through social networking

A website, smartphone app, and Facebook have been integrated with the aim of connecting young people interactively, to increase awareness, and to help them look out for each other while clubbing. This intervention also provides information about the risks of alcohol and drug use and what to do in drug-related incidents. For more information, visit the website here. This project was done in cooperation with Solidarnost (Bulgaria), NIHD (Estonia), SICAD (Portugal), and Sananim (Czech Republic).

For more information, contact Bart Uitterhaegen


Supporting alcohol, drugs, and tobacco control policy work in municipalities

Researchers, implementation designers, and policy developers from the Trimbos Institute advise municipalities in the Netherlands and abroad on effective drug, alcohol, and tobacco control policies and laws. These efforts include translating scientific findings to local arenas, developing adherence and enforcement strategies, designing prevention programs for teens and young adults, conducting research at the local level, and meeting the specific, unique needs of different nations, counties, villages, and cities.

For more information, contact Ingrid Schulten


WMH (World Mental Health)-WHO survey initiative

The WMH (World Mental Health)-WHO survey initiative is a project of the Assessment, Classification, and Epidemiology (ACE) Group at the World Health Organization, which coordinates the implementation and analysis of general population epidemiological surveys of mental, substance use, and behavioral disorders in countries in all WHO Regions. The Trimbos Institute conducts the Dutch portion of this multinational survey.

 

For more information, contact Margreet ten Have