Preventing risky, harmful or addictive behavior - these are important goals of addiction prevention. In addition to substance-related addictions such as alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs or medication, non-substance-related addictions such as gambling addiction or internet and computer addiction are also part of addiction prevention. The measures and services are designed to empower and motivate people to change their behavior in a way that promotes health. At the same time, the social conditions for this are created. Personal resources are to be promoted, health skills strengthened and risk factors, such as an early age of initiation into alcohol or tobacco consumption, avoided.
Preventive educational measures on addiction problems are aimed both at the general population and at groups of people with existing risk behavior.
The Bavarian Center for Prevention and Health Promotion (ZPG) (see "Further links") provides information, trains multipliers and designs and supports addiction prevention measures in Bavaria based on the latest scientific findings. Specific measures are offered and implemented by the responsible health authorities in the local towns and districts.
Comprehensive information on the subject of addiction can be found on the website of the German Center for Addiction Issues (see "Further links"). The inter-agency and nationwide standardized advice platform "DigiSucht" (see "Related links"), which is used by an increasing number of addiction advice centres in Bavaria, also provides general information on the topic of addiction and also offers the opportunity to take anonymous self-tests on your own consumption behaviour.