QAAD: Quaker Action on Alcohol and Drugs

What is QAAD?

Quaker Action on Alcohol and Drugs (QAAD) is a recognised body of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and a registered charity. We work in accordance with Quaker principles to address the widespread use and misuse of alcohol, prescribed and illegal drugs, and gambling.

What does QAAD do?

QAAD aims to meet the needs for support and information within the Religious Society of Friends in relation to alcohol, other drugs, and gambling. We do this by producing materials, offering advice to individual Friends when requested, and by attending and organising gatherings.  We seek to facilitate links between Friends who share our concern or who are personally affected by substance issues themselves or in their families.

QAAD supports young Friends by offering workshops, attending gatherings, and producing materials.

QAAD also works in the public arena, where we continue the tradition of expressing a Quaker perspective on policies and practices that would reduce substance and gambling problems.

We also seek to offer briefings and information  – for example, with a paper on the issues surrounding decriminalisation.  The paper can be viewed here QAAD briefing on decriminalisation


Join the QAAD weekend at Charney

Friday 20th– Sunday 22nd October 2017 in Charney Manor, Oxfordshire

Theme: “Signposts for the Soul”

QAAD holds a regular biennial gathering for trustees at Charney Manor, when we reflect widely on matters within our concerns and consider our responses.

This year we are broadening the weekend to include Friends who share QAAD’s concern with addiction, and with substances or gambling. There are a limited number of self-funded places available: the cost (inclusive of meals) would be £150 for a single room, or £75 each if you are willing to share.

This is not a conference in the sense that our Woodbrooke gatherings have been – though we do have a timetable with areas for discussion and exchange. However, we hope it will be a time for spiritual reflection, for bringing together our different experiences and insights, and for focusing them in ways that we hope will be helpful, including as regards planning our Woodbrooke conference of 2018.

We know there is a great depth of experience among Friends on matters within our concern and would be glad to hear from you. If you think you might be interested, please contact Helena Chambers, who will be glad to give you more details.

The Woodbrooke conference

woodbrookeQAAD holds a biennial gathering at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham, to which all Friends are welcome.

The next QAAD/Woodbrooke Gathering will take place on 13th 15th July, 2018. We look forward to seeing old Friends and new.


QAADNET is an informal network of Friends who have an interest or a concern with substances and gambling, whether this is through personal, professional, or voluntary experience. We meet as Quakers for learning, mutual support and exchange.

Our last meeting was held at Bristol Central Quaker Meeting House on a theme of ‘Close Others’.   We will post news of further meetings on this website.