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The Alcohol and Drugs History Society is a scholarly organization whose members study the history of a variety of illegal, regulated, and unregulated drugs such as opium, alcohol, and coffee. Organized in 2004, the ADHS is the successor to a society with a more limited scope, the Alcohol and Temperance History Group, which existed for 25 years. The last ATHG president and the first ADHS president was Ian R. Tyrrell, Professor of History at the University of New South Wales, in Australia. In July 2006 he was succeeded by W.J. Rorabaugh, Professor of History at the University of Washington. In July, 2008, David T. Courtwright, Professor of History at the University of North Florida became president. Although most ADHS members are English speakers, there are a few members in Scandinavia, Germany, the Netherlands, and elsewhere.

The ADHS sponsors the academic journal The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs: an Interdisciplinary Journal (SHAD), a website that provides bibliographical news and contemporary stories, and a listserv group. SHAD appears in both printed and electronic formats, published twice a year, in the Winter and the Summer. Its editor-in-chief is Dan Malleck, from Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada, with editors Jim Mills, from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland; W. Scott Haine, from California, and the Reviews Editors are James Nicholls, from Bath Spa University, England and Alex Mold, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In November, 2009 it created an editorial board, which is populated by some of the most prominent alcohol and drugs history scholars in the world. The website and listserv are managed by Matthew McKean, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada.

The ADHS is affiliated with the American Historical Association and sponsors sessions at the January meetings of the AHA.

The ADHS held an international conference in Canada in August 2007, with Guelph University (Ontario) as the host. The next international conference will be in 2009 at Glasgow, Scotland, with the University of Strathclyde as the host. The organization subsequently plans to meet at the Sun Yat Sen University in China.

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