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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 and contributed chapters to several books, including "Young People and Alcohol" and "Addiction Medicine", now in its second edition:

Making sense of ICD-11

"Making Sense of the ICD-11: For Mental Health Professionals" NEW ! 

Cambridge University Press: October 2023 

The 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) has made significant revisions to the classification of mental health disorders, which have real-world implications for clinical practice. This volume provides a clear overview of the major changes to the main psychiatric classifications that will have an impact on clinicians in their day-to-day practice.  Read more 

*John has contributed Chapter 6 - Disorders due to Substance Use. Click here for digital access 

Addiction Medicine

“Addiction Medicine 2nd Edition”  

Oxford University Press: 2019

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

*Coming in June 2024 - The new Third edition of Addiction Medicine -
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"The Sage Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies: Biological Approaches"

Sage: 2016

With contributions from leading international academics across the biological sciences, this handbook takes a critical look at the key contemporary issues and debates in the field. Read more 

"Alcohol Abuse and Liver Disease"

John Wiley & Sons: 2016

This textbook provides both hepatologists and psychiatrists of all levels with a practical, concise and didactic guide to the investigation and clinical management of those with alcohol-related problems. Read more 

"ABC of Alcohol 5th Edition"

John Wiley & Sons: 2015

A practical guide for general practitioners, family physicians, practice nurses, primary healthcare professionals as well as for junior doctors, medical and nursing students. Read more

"Textbook of Addiction Treatment: International Perspectives"

Springer Milan: 2015

This book examines the spectrum of addictions-related problems across different cultures worldwide, highlighting differences and similarities between clinical practices based on neurobiological similarities, and epidemiological and socio-cultural differences. Read more 

*John has contributed three chapters (co-written by Dr Noeline Latt) to this first edition which is published under the auspices of the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM). 

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 

"Addiction Medicine: Science and Practice, Volume 1"

Springer Science & Business Media: 2010 

 At once comprehensive and integrative, Addiction Medicine is an essential text and a practice-expanding tool for psychiatrists, health psychologists, pharmacologists, social workers, drug counselors, trainees, and general physicians/family practitioners. Read more 

*John and Dr Noeline Latt co-wrote the chapter "Diagnosis and Classification of Substance Use Disorders" in this text. 

Top 10 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 48,000 citations. Here are his top ten cited papers: 

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. 13661
2 Babor T.F., Higgins-Biddle J.C., Saunders J.B., Monteiro M.G. (2001). The alcohol use disorders identification test: Guidelines for use in primary health care. Geneva: World Health Organization. 11153
3 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. 2263
4 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. 2091
5 Conigrave K.M., Hall W.D. and Saunders J.B. The AUDIT questionnaire: choosing a cut-off score. Addiction 1995; 90: 1349-1356 696
6 Babor T., Campbell R., Room R. and Saunders J. Lexicon of alcohol and drug terms. World Health Organization, Geneva, 1994. 659
7 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. 655
8 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. 505
9 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. 454
10 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

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