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About the Journal

Alcohol and Alcoholism publishes papers on the biomedical, psychological, and sociological aspects of alcoholism and alcohol research, provided that they make a new and significant contribution to knowledge in the field.

Papers include new results obtained experimentally, descriptions of new experimental (including clinical) methods of importance to the field of alcohol research and treatment, or new interpretations of existing results.

Theoretical contributions are considered equally with papers dealing with experimental work provided that such theoretical contributions are not of a largely speculative or philosophical nature.

Alcohol and Alcoholism is the official journal of the Medical Council on Alcohol.

Becoming online-only, a digital future for Alcohol and Alcoholism

Alcohol and Alcoholism is online-only, which provides an even more immersive and immediate reading experience for you.

Going digital demonstrates our commitment to top-notch, cutting-edge research while allowing us to enhance the content, interactivity, and accessibility of our journal, ensuring you have seamless access to the latest updates.

Embracing the digital frontier means readers will enjoy:

  • Instant Access: No more waiting for your journal to arrive in the mail. Readers are guaranteed access to the most current versions of all articles at all times, and immediate access to the most recently published content via the Advance access feature.
  • Enhanced Interactivity: The Oxford Academic platform allows you to dive deeper into research with digital content components, usage information, reference linking and other vital tools that a printed issue cannot provide.
  • Reader-Centric Innovation: This transition enables us to build a complete picture of reader engagement with our articles and other digital elements, which will inform future content to improve your experience.

We trust this transition will allow us to serve you better and keep you squarely at the forefront of advancements in alcohol-use disorder.

To get notified as soon as articles go online, make sure you are signed up for the journal’s e-alerts.

Impact Factor and ranking

Year Impact Factor SI: Substance Abuse SSI: Substance Abuse
2023 2.10 32 out of 55 -
2022 2.8 16 out of 21 24 out of 38
2021 3.913 15 out of 21 19 out of 37
2020 2.826 15 out of 21 20 out of 37
2019 2.078 15 out of 20 21 out of 36
2018 2.777 9 out of 19  11 out of 35 
2017 2.368  12 out of 19  14 out of 35 
2016 2.757  7 out of 18  8 out of 34 
2015 2.724 7 out of 18 9 out of 34
2014 2.889 6 out of 19 5 out of 36
2013 2.092 8 out of 18 8 out of 34
2012 1.956 9 out of 16 10 out of 30
2011 2.946 5 out of 14 3 out of 29

Latest information is taken from Journal Citation Reports (Source Clarivate, 2024).
Revisit a selection of high-impact papers.


This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Abstracting and Indexing information 

Alcohol and Alcoholism is covered by several major indexing services including:

  • Adis International Ltd. 
  • CABI 
  • Clarivate Analytics
  • EBSCOhost
  • OCLC 
  • Ovid 
  • ProQuest 
  • PubMed
  • Scopus
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