BC Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) monitoring project

The BC alcohol and other drug (AOD) monitoring project aims to form a picture of substance use and associated harms in British Columbia.

Data on rates of hospital admissions and deaths from alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs are collected and reported for BC’s 89 local health areas, 16 health service delivery areas and 5 regional health authorities.

Data on per capita sales of alcohol are similarly reported across the province.

We have conducted more than 4,000 interviews since 2008 on high-risk populations of people using substances in Victoria and Vancouver to monitor patterns of use, related harms and use of harm reduction services.

The AOD monitoring project has resulted in numerous journal articles, in-house bulletins and reports, and we have made datasets available to faculty and graduate students at UVic and other post-secondary institutions for their research.

Research components


Trends related to some of these components can be explored using our interactive AOD trend analyzer tools and key findings are presented in the facts & stats section of this site.

Upon request, information from the various research components can be put together and organized to create regional profiles that will assist policy-makers within the regions to identify and address unique issues facing their communities.

Funding bodies in 2014/15: BC Provincial Health Services Authority and the BC Ministry of Health.