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John Saunders has, since the late 1970s published findings from numerous scientific studies in the alcohol and drug field and in related aspects of medicine. In addition, he has published numerous peer reviewed reviews of the scientific literature. He has authored over 450 publications of which 360 are in the peer reviewed literature. 

Publications List

Click here to download John Saunders' extensive list of publications from 1979-current.

Text Books

John has published several books, including "Young People and Alcohol" and "Addiction Medicine", now in its second edition:

Addiction Medicine

“Addiction Medicine 2nd Edition”  NEW RELEASE 

Oxford University Press: 2016

A concise and practical guide for students and practitioners of medicine and other health professions who come into contact with people with substance use disorders. Read more 

Young People and Alcohol

“Young People and Alcohol”

Wiley-Blackwell: 2011

A practical and comprehensive reference for professionals and researchers in the field of alcohol misuse who work with people aged 12 to 25 years. Read more 


Top cited papers

John Saunders is classified by the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) as a highly cited scientist. His research papers in total have accumulated more than 31,000 citations.

No. Authors and title Citations
1 Saunders J.B., Aasland O.G., Babor T.F., de la Fuente J.R. and Grant M. Development of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT): WHO Collaborative Project on Early Detection of Persons with Harmful Alcohol Consumption II. Addiction 1993; 88:791-804. 8458
2 Babor T.F., de la Fuente J.R., Saunders J.B. and Grant M. AUDIT. The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test: Guidelines for Use in Primary Health Care. Geneva: World Health Organization, 1992. 7095
3 Kaner E.F., Dickinson H.O., Beyer F.R., Campbell F., Schlesinger C., Heather N., Saunders J.B., Burnand B. and Pienaar E.D. Effectiveness of brief alcohol interventions in primary care populations. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 2. 1333
4 Conigrave K.M., Hall W.D. and Saunders J.B. The AUDIT questionnaire: choosing a cut-off score. Addiction 1995; 90: 1349-1356 507
5 Saunders J.B., Aasland O.G., Amundsen A. and Grant M. Alcohol consumption and related problems among primary health care patients: WHO Collaborative Project on Early Detection of Persons with Harmful Alcohol Consumption I. Addiction 1993; 88:349-362. 474
6 Babor T. F., Grant M. and the WHO Brief Intervention Study Group. WHO project on identification and management of alcohol-related problems. Report on Phase II: a randomized clinical trial of brief interventions in primary health care. Geneva; World Health Organization, 1992. 413
7 Babor, T.F., Acuda, W., Campillo, C., DelBoca, F.K., Grant, M., Hodgson, R., Rollnick, S., Ivanets, N., Lukomskaya, M., Machona, M., Saunders, J.B. and Skutle, A. A cross-national trial of brief interventions with heavy drinkers. American Journal of Public Health 1996; 86: 948-955. 409
8 Kaner E.F.S., Dickinson H.O., Beyer F., Pienaar E., Schlesinger C., Campbell F., Saunders J.B., Burnand B. and Heather N. The effectiveness of brief alcohol interventions in primary care settings: a systematic review. Drug and Alcohol Review 2009; 28: 301-323. 408
9 Babor T., Campbell R., Room R. and Saunders J. Lexicon of alcohol and drug terms. World Health Organization, Geneva, 1994. 391
10 Saunders J.B., Walters J.R.F., Davies P. and Paton A. A 20-year prospective study of cirrhosis. British Medical Journal 1981; 282: 263-266. 373
11 Kypri K, Saunders JB, Williams SM, McGee RO, Langley JD, Cashell-Smith ML and Gallagher S. Web-based screening and brief intervention for hazardous drinking: A double-blind randomised controlled trial. Addiction 2004; 99: 1410-1417 348
12 Üstün B., Compton W., Mager D., Babor T., Baiyewu O., Chatterji S., Cottler L., GšgŸs A., Mavreas V., Peters L., Pull C., Saunders J., Smeets R., Stipec M-R., Grant B.F., Vrasti R., Hasin D., Room R., van den Brink W., Regier D., Blaine J., and Sartorius N. WHO Study on the reliability and validity of the alcohol and drug use disorder instruments: overview of methods and results. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 1997; 47:161-169 324
13 Saunders J.B., Beevers D.G. and Paton A. Alcohol-induced hypertension. Lancet 1981; ii: 653-656. 295
14 Conigrave K.M., Degenhardt L.J., Whitfield J.B., Saunders J.B., Helander A and Tabakoff B, on behalf of the WHO/ISBRA Study Group. CDT, GGT and AST as markers of alcohol use: the WHO/ISBRA Collaborative Project. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 2002; 26: 332-339. 294
15 Saunders J.B. and Aasland O.G. WHO Collaborative Project on Identification and Treatment of Persons with Harmful Alcohol Consumption. Report on Phase I. Development of a Screening Instrument. Geneva: World Health Organization, 1987. 271
16 Chatterji S., Saunders J.B., Vrasti R., Grant B.F., Hasin D. and Mager D. Reliability of the alcohol and drug modules of the Alcohol Use Disorder and Associated Disabilities Interview Schedule - Alcohol/Drug Revised (AUDADIS - ADR): an international comparison. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 1997; 47:171-185. 260
17 Conigrave K.M., Saunders J.B. and Reznik R.B. Predictive capacity of the AUDIT questionnaire for alcohol related harm. Addiction, 1995; 90:1479-1485. 247
18 Pull C.B., Saunders J.B., Mavreas V., Cottler L.B., Grant B.F., Hasin D.S., Blaine J., Mager D. and †stŸn T.B. Concordance between ICD-10 alcohol and drug use disorder criteria and diagnoses as measured by the AUDADIS-ADR, CIDI and SCAN: results of a cross-national study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 1997; 47:207-216. 215
19 Kypri, K., Langley J.D., Saunders J.B., Cashell-Smith M.L. and Herbison P. Randomized controlled trial of web-based alcohol screening and brief intervention in primary care. Archives of Internal Medicine 2008; 168: 530-536. 204
20 Dua T., Barbui C., Clark N., Fleischmann A., Poznyak V., van Ommeren M., Yasamy M.T., Ayuso-Mateos J.L., Birbeck G.L., Drummond C., Freeman M., Giannakopoulos P., Levav I., Obot I.S., Omigbodun O., Patel V., Phillips M., Prince M., Rahimi-Movaghar A., Rahman A., Sander J.W., Saunders J.B., Servili C., Rangaswamy T., Unutzer J., Ventevogel P., Vijayakumar L., Thornicroft G. and Saxena S. Evidence-based guidelines for mental, neurological, and substance use disorders in low-and middle-income countries: summary of WHO recommendations. PLoS Medicine 2011; 8: e1001122. 201
21 Conigrave K.M., Saunders J.B. and Whitfield J.B. Diagnostic tests for alcohol consumption: Alcohol and Alcoholism 1995; 30: 13-26. 200
22 Baker, A., Lee, N.K., Claire, M., Lewin, T.J., Grant, T., Pohlman, S., Saunders, J., Kay-Lambkin, F., Constable, P., Jenner, L., & Carr, V.J. Brief cognitive behavioural interventions for regular amphetamine users: a step in the right direction. Addiction 2005; 100: 367-378. 199
23 Saunders J.B., Davis M. and Williams R. Do women develop alcoholic liver disease more readily than men? British Medical Journal 1981; 282: 1140 - 1143. 190
24 Kypri K, Langley JD, Saunders JB, Cashell-Smith ML. Assessment may conceal therapeutic benefit: findings from a randomized controlled trial for hazardous drinking. Addiction 2007; 101: 62-70. 184
25 Kavanagh D.J., McGrath J., Saunders J.B., Dore G. and Clark D. Substance misuse in patients with schizophrenia: epidemiology and management. Drugs 2002: 62: 743-755 166
26 Spencer J.D., Latt N., Beeby P.J., Collins E., Saunders J.B., McCaughan G.W. and Cossart Y.E. Transmission of hepatitis C virus to infants of human immunodeficiency virusÐnegative intravenous drug-using mothers: rate of infection and assessment of risk factors for transmission. Journal of Viral Hepatitis 1997; 4:395-409. 153
27 Wutzke S.E., Conigrave K.M., Saunders J.B. and Hall W.D. The long-term effectiveness of brief interventions for unsafe alcohol consumption: a 10-year follow-up. Addiction 2002; 97:665-675. 148
28 Young R.McD., Connor J.P., Ricciardelli L.A. and Saunders J.B. The role of alcohol expectancy and drinking refusal self-efficacy beliefs in university student drinking. Alcohol and Alcoholism 2006; 41: 70-75. 142
29 Tabakoff T., Saba L., Printz M., Flodman P., Hodgkinson C., Goldman D., Koob G., Richardson H.N., Kechris K., Bell R.L., HŸbner N., Heinig M., Pravenec M., Mangion J., Legault L., Dongier M., Conigrave K.M., Whitfield J.B., Saunders J., Grant B. and Hoffman P.L. Genetical genomic determinants of alcohol consumption in rats and humans. BMC Biology 2009, 7:70Ê(doi: 10.1186/1741-7007-7-70). 140
30 Kypri K., Langley J.D., McGee R., Saunders J.B. and Williams S. High prevalence, persistent hazardous drinking among New Zealand tertiary students. Alcohol and Alcoholism 2002; 37: 457-464. 138
31 Kavanagh D.J, Young R, White A, Saunders J.B, Wallis J, Shockley N, Jenner L, and Clair A. A brief motivational intervention for substance misuse in recent onset psychosis. Drug and Alcohol Review, 2004; 23: 151-155 127
32 Saunders J.B. and Lee N.K. Hazardous alcohol use: its delineation as a subthreshold disorder, and approaches to its diagnosis and management. Comprehensive Psychiatry 2000; 41:95-103. 126
33 Kypri K, Saunders J.B., Gallagher S.J. Acceptability of various brief intervention approaches for hazardous drinking among university students. Alcohol and Alcoholism 2003; 38: 626-628. 122
34 Saunders J.B., Wodak A.D., Haines A., Powell-Jackson P.R., Portmann B., Davis M. and Williams R. Accelerated development of alcoholic cirrhosis in patients with HLA-B8. Lancet 1982; i: 1381-1384. 121
35 Roche A.M., Guray C. and Saunders J.B. General practitioners' experiences of patients with drug and alcohol problems. British Journal of Addiction 1991; 86:263-275. 121
36 Babor T.F., Grant M., Acuda W., Burns F.H., Campillo C., Del Boca F.K., Hodgson R., Ivanets N.N., Lukomskya M., Machona M., Rollnick S., Reznik R., Saunders J.B. and Skutle A. A randomised trial of brief interventions in primary health care: summary of a WHO project. Addiction 1994; 89: 649-652. 102
37 Wodak A.D., Saunders J.B., Ewusi-Mensah I., Davis M. and Williams R. Severity of alcohol dependence in patients with alcoholic liver disease. British Medical Journal 1983; 287: 1420-1422. 102
38 Funk M., Wutzke S., Kaner E., Anderson P., Pas L., McCormick R., Gual A., Barfod S. and Saunders J. A multicountry controlled trial of strategies to promote dissemination and implementation of brief alcohol intervention in primary health care: findings of a World Health Organization collaborative study. Journal of studies on alcohol 2005; 66: 379-388. 101
39 Anderson, P., Kaner E., Wutzke S., Wensing M., Grol R., Heather N. and Saunders J. Attitudes and management of alcohol problems in general practice: descriptive analysis based on findings of a World Health Organization international collaborative survey. Alcohol and Alcoholism 2003; 38: 597-601. 99
40 Saunders J.B. and Conigrave K.M. Early identification of alcohol problems. Canadian Medical Association Journal 1990; 143: 1060-1069. 92
41 Bannan L.T., Potter J.F., Beevers D.G., Saunders J.B., Walters J.R.F. and Ingram M.C. Effect of alcohol withdrawal on blood pressure, plasma renin activity, aldosterone, cortisol and dopamine beta hydroxylase. Clinical Science 1984; 66: 659-663. 92
42 Conigrave K.M., Saunders J.B., Reznik R.B. and Whitfield J.B. Prediction of alcohol-related harm by laboratory test results. Clinical Chemistry 1993; 39: 2266-2270. 80
43 Kavanagh D.J., Greenaway L., Jenner L., Saunders J.B., White A., Sorban J. and Hamilton G. Contrasting views and experiences of health professionals on the management of comorbid substance misuse and mental disorders. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 2000; 34: 279-289. 77
44 Saunders J.B., Kypri K., Walters S.T., Laforge R.G. and Larimer M. Approaches to brief intervention for hazardous drinking in young people. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 2004; 28: 332-339 76
45 Roche A.M., Parle M.D., Stubbs J.M., Hall W.D. and Saunders J.B. Management and treatment efficacy of drug and alcohol problems: what do doctors believe? Addiction 1995; 90: 1357-1366. 74
46 Conigrave K.M., Burns F.H., Reznik R. and Saunders J.B. Problem drinking in emergency department patients: the scope for early intervention. Medical Journal of Australia 1991; 154: 801-805. 74
47 Saunders J.B., Wodak A.D., Morgan-Capner P., White Y.S., Portmann B., Davis M. and Williams R. Importance of markers of hepatitis B virus in alcoholic liver disease. British Medical Journal 1983; 286: 1851-1854. 74
48 Roche A. M., Parle M.D., Stubbs J.M., Hall W.D. and Saunders J.B. Management and treatment efficacy of drug and alcohol problems: what do doctors believe? Addiction1995; 90: 1357-1366. 74
49 Kaner E.F.S., Wutzke S., Saunders J.B., Powell A., Morawski J. and Bouix, J-C. Impact of alcohol education and training on general practitioners’ diagnostic and management skills: findings from a World Health Organization collaborative study. Journal of Studies on Alcohol 2001; 62:621-627 73
50 Saunders J.B., Wright N. and Lewis K.O. Predicting outcome of paracetamol poisoning by using 14C-aminopyrine breath test. British Medical Journal 1980; 280: 279-280. 72
51 Caplehorn J.R.M., Irwig L. and Saunders J.B. Physicians' attitudes and retention of patients in their methadone maintenance programs. Substance Use and Misuse 1996; 31: 663-677. 72
52 Neuberger J., Crossley I.R., Saunders J.B., Davis M., Portmann B., Eddleston A.L.W.F. and Williams R. Antibodies to alcohol-related liver cell determinants in patients with alcoholic liver disease. Gut 1984; 25: 300-304 71
53 Saunders J.B. Alcohol: an important cause of hypertension. British Medical Journal 1987; 294: 1045-1046. 68
54 Kypri K, Vater T, Bowe SJ, Saunders JB, Cunnningham JA, Horton NJ, McCambridge J
Web-based alcohol screening at brief intervention for university students: a randomized trial.
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55 Kypri K, McCambridge J, Vater T, Bowe SJ, Saunders JB, Cunningham JA and Horton NJ. Web-based alcohol intervention for Māori university students: double-blind, multi-site randomized controlled trial. Addiction 2013; 108: 331-338. 67
56 Richardson PJ, Wodak AD, Atkinson L, Saunders JB and Jewitt DE. Relation between alcohol intake, myocardial enzyme activity, and myocardial function in dilated cardiomyopathy: evidence for the concept of alcohol-induced heart muscle disease. British Heart Journal 1986; 56: 165-170 66
57 Caplehorn J.R.M., Irwig L. and Saunders J.B. Attitudes and beliefs of staff working in methadone maintenance clinics. Substance Use and Misuse 1996; 31:437-452. 64
58 Saunders JB. Substance dependence and non-dependence in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD): can an identical conceptualization be achieved? Addiction 2006; 101s1:48-58. 64
59 Lapworth K, Dawe S, Davis P, Kavanagh D, Young R and Saunders J. Impulsivity and positive psychotic symptoms influence hostility in methamphetamine users. Addictive Behaviors 2009; 34: 380–385. 63
60 Saunders J.B. and Paton A. ABC of Alcohol: Alcohol in the Body. London: British Medical Association, 1981. 62
61 Paton A and Saunders JB, ABC of Alcohol: Definitions. London, British Medical Journal, 1981; 283: 1248-1248. 62
62 Quek L-H, Chan GCK, White AM, Connor JP, Baker PJ, Saunders JB and Kelly AB. Concurrent and simultaneous polydrug use: latent class analysis of an Australian nationally representative sample of young adults. Frontiers in Public Health 2013; 1: 61. 62
63 Saunders J.B., Lewis K.O. and Paton A. Early diagnosis of alcoholic cirrhosis by the aminopyrine breath test. Gastroenterology 1980; 79: 112-114. 58
64 Saunders JB and Latt N. Epidemiology of alcoholic liver disease. Baillière's Clinical Gastroenterology 1993; 7: 555-579.

65 Hall W, Saunders, JB, Babor TF, Aasland OG, Amundsen A, Hodgson R, Grant M.
The structure and correlates of alcohol dependence : WHO collaborative project on the early detection of persons with harmful alcohol consumption – III. Addiction 1993; 88: 1627-1636
66 Simpson JM, Oldenburg B, Owen N, Harris D, Dobbins T, Salmon A, Vita P, Wilson J and Saunders JB. The Australian National Workplace Health Project: design and baseline findings. Preventive Medicine 2000; 31: 249-260. 53
67 Baker A, Lee NK, Claire M, Lewin TJ, Grant T, Pohlman S, Saunders JB, Kay-Lambkin F, Constable P, Jenner L and Carr VJ. Drug use patterns and mental health of regular amphetamine users during a reported ‘heroin drought’. Addiction 2004; 99: 875-884 53
68 Ewusi-Mensah I., Saunders J.B., Wodak A.D., Murray R.M. and Williams R. Psychiatric morbidity in patients with alcoholic liver disease. British Medical Journal 1983; 287: 1417-1419. 50
69 Saunders J.B. and Williams R. The genetics of alcoholism: is there an inherited susceptibility to alcohol-related problems? Alcohol and Alcoholism 1983; 18:189-217. 49
70 Assanangkornchai S., Saunders J.B., and Conigrave K.M. Patterns of drinking in Thai men.Alcohol and Alcoholism, 2000; 35: 263-269. 49
71 Barnett A.H., Gonzalez-Auvert C., Pyke D.A., Saunders J.B. Williams R., Dickenson C.J. and Rawlins M.D. Blood concentrations of acetaldehyde during chlorpropamide-alcohol flush.British Medical Journal 1981; 283: 939-941. N = 49
Saunders J.B., Beevers D.G. and Paton A. Factors influencing blood pressure in chronic alcoholics. Clinical Science 1979; 57:295s-298s.
72 Latt N.C., Spencer J.D., Beeby P., Collins E., McCaughan G.W., Saunders J.B. and Cossart Y.E. Hepatitis C infection in injecting drug using women during and after pregnancy. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2000; 15: 175-181. 48

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