Completed and published studies

The aim of this study was to assess attitudes and contribution of family physicians in primary care clinics in Abu Dhabi in detecting and treating addiction patients in addition to assess the need for training physicians in this domain. The study revealed that 93% of physicians who participated in the study were not trained for early detection and how to deal with addiction patients. The study points to the need to train family physician in Abu Dhabi on how to detect and diagnose addiction.

The Study was published in the International Journal of Prevention and Treatment: Substance Use Disorder. .

The aim of this study is to assess drugs and substance use patterns amongst Emiratis from 2002-2011 and assess the NRC’s treatment programmes. Patients data were taken from patients’ records (2002-2011) on the basis of which 591 patients were assessed, all were men aged between 16-66. The study reveals that 41% of patients were treated for alcoholism, 20% for addiction to prescribed drugs and 16% from heroin.

The study also shows rising increase throughout the last decade with a particular increase on addiction to prescribed drugs amongst youth, and this noticeable increase and variations in patterns of addiction requires an increase in the services provided in order to be able to face the increased demand in addition to an increase in the effective prevention efforts nationwide. This study was published in: International Journal of Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorder .

The aim of this study was to assess adolescents’ awareness about: types of drugs and substances available in society, how to get hold of drugs and substances and the outcome of taking them. It also aims to uncover adolescents’ standpoint regarding risks and safety of using drugs and substances by adolescents and put forward a number of anti-drug and substance use preventative strategies which target adolescent category in schools and local communities.

The study’s outcome add a number of recommendations which might aid in the planning, orientation and execution of the prevention programmes which emphasize raising awareness about drug and substance use and related damage amongst adolescents in the UAE. These outcomes refer to the necessity to put to action the prevention plans which should include: social parameters, role of both sexes in drug and substance use and their types of use in addition to the role of each of religion, family and school in the protection of adolescents from this peril. This study was published in: Journal of Royal Society of Medicine .

The aim of this study is to assess parents’ awareness about: types of drugs and substances available in society, means to get hold of them and the consequences of using them. Parents reiterated the need to prepare sessions and workshops which focus on family skills to improve communication and how to deal with their children especially adolescents.

The research contributors cited that the wide use of social media is one of the reasons which make communication between adolescents and their parents shrink as a result of the extended periods adolescents spend using these social media. The majority of fathers expressed their concern about the information and their children receive through social media and also its credibility. This study was published in: Journal of Child and Adolescents Behaviors .

The aim of this review is to formulate an overall view about adolescents and pubescents in GCC regarding:


  • Starting age of energy drink consumption
  • Degree of prevalence of energy drinks consumption
  • Types of consumption of energy drink
  • Determine and unearth the dissimilarities between males and females regarding energy drink consumption
  • Determine the motives behind taking energy drinks
  • Uncover any link which might exist between energy drink consumption and substance use
  • Put forward recommendations to enhance a safe use of energy drinks by the general public and adolescents and youth in particular in GCC countries

Outcomes of studies that have been consulted show that the average age for starting to consume energy drinks is approximately 16 but other studies found that the majority of energy drink consumers started when they were 15. The current study uncovered that males consume these types of drinks more than females but the worrying aspect that the study revealed is the fact that a considerable number amongst the participants were unaware of stimulant contents in energy drinks and in particular caffeine. One study stated that the majority of adolescents consider energy drinks as a type of fizzy drinks.

The study reviewed stated a number of reasons behind adolescents’ and youth’s use of energy drinks. A number of university students and school pupils mention the ‘taste’ and ‘flavour’ are amongst the main incentives. University students stated that more often the consume energy drinks to increase their energy to study, particularly during exams and increase their sporting performance. A number of studies cited in the present one also found that peer pressure amongst school pupils and university students is a major factor which leads to purchasing energy drinks in GCC countries. This study was published in: Journal of Royal Society of Medicine.