In the past years the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs as well as the new addictions have become a major concern for most governments around the world. For this reason, the level of international cooperation has increased in order to develop suitable policies and strategies to address causes and problems related to the use of psychoactive substances and other behaviours, such as gambling and Internet. At the same time there has been an increase of research and publications aimed at providing the basis of scientific evidence in support of interventions.

But what is the real problem that all these policies intend to solve? Does everyone agree with the point that this is a problem? Is there a common vision about the nature of the problems to solve and the best way to do it? What is the opinion of physicians, psychologists, anthropologists, economists, drug users, political scientists, researchers, producers and sellers? In front of many international agreements, international organizations and movements, plans for action and scientific evidences, why do consistent differences still exist between the ways in which different countries consider and react to risky behaviours?

Why a European Master?

Europe contains a wide range of cultures, beliefs and behaviours related to drugs and risky behaviours. How useful are they to understand the European situation? How will the increase of legal drinking age or the legalization of illegal drugs be perceived? These are some of the topics of the master.

In a multidisciplinary and international perspective, students will be involved in a critical examination of evidence – how they are produced, disseminated and implemented – and their importance in diverse political, social, economic and cultural settings. The Master is meant to provide students with knowledge and skills useful to investigate and analyse the psychological, social and health implications arising from alcohol and drug consumption and risky behaviours. It also provides the possible responses to problems and offers the tools students need to face clinical practice and prevention challenge.

EMDAS focuses on Europe enlarging the field also to neighbouring countries. Master students will take advantage of European teachers and then have the opportunity to share research results, experiences and personal knowledge about their countries.

Who is the target?

The Master is targeted at strategic figures in the field of addiction prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, especially to those who wish to gain a network of international relationships. It requires strategic vision, strong cultural ambition, intellectual curiosity, knowledge of English and willingness to travel.

The Master is open to all graduates (bachelor degree and master degree), and in particular to social workers and researchers working in public and private institutions.