What is Prevention Science?

Prevention science is the systematic application of scientific methods to the study of the etiology, development, and prevention of health and other social problems. Our focus is on preventing substance abuse, substance dependence, and substance-related problems. Prevention science encompasses both basic and applied research and addresses tertiary, secondary, and primary prevention. Prevention researchers recognize that alcohol-related problems result from the interaction between individuals and their larger environment, which encompasses social, cultural, economic, and political factors.