The ISGF conducts epidemiological research primarily from a public health perspective, i.e. with regard to the impact of health developments on the general population as well as treatment monitoring in public health relevant groups that are difficult to reach in standard population surveys. The ISGF has mainly focused on the following issues:
- Monitoring of substance use and substance-unrelated addictions in the general population
- Dissemination of specific phenomena in the general population
- Risk factor research, specifically in the area of lifestyle factors (smoking, drinking, obesity and drug use)
The ISGF is not only renowned for publishing a large number of reports and publications in the above-mentioned areas, which do not only concern Switzerland, but has also laid the foundations for drug policies on an international level.