Basis of Drug/Alcohol Problems

10 Units

Provides an overview of alcohol and other drug use and drug related problems viewed from a range of perspectives including biopsychosocial, pharmacology, medicine and epidemiology. Neuroadaption, prevention and treatment are also introduced. Emphasises skills for critically analysing sources of information about drugs.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Medicine and Public Health
Availability Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to think critically about alcohol and other drug use and associated problems and critically analyse sources of information
  2. Describe and critique models of alcohol and other drug use
  3. Describe commonly used psychoactive drugs and their effects
  4. Discuss patterns of alcohol and other drug use
  5. Discuss the impact of alcohol and other drug use on individuals and families
  6. Discuss approaches to prevention of drug related problems
  7. Discuss current psychological and medical trends in treatment for drug problems
  8. Define emerging psychoactive and synthetic drugs and understand their effects.
  9. Discuss recent developments in neurobiology and substance use research

 1. Profile of contemporary alcohol and other drug issues

2.  Models of alcohol and other drug use

3.  Overview of treatment for alcohol and other drug problems

4.  Drug effects: pharmacology of psychoactive drugs

5. Current alcohol and other drug issues

6. Emerging Psychoactive Substances

7. Epidemiology of alcohol and other drug use

Assumed Knowledge There is no formal prerequisite for this subject. Experience working in an alcohol or other drug setting is advantageous.
Assessment Items
  • Quiz: Multiple Choice Questions
  • Written Assignment: Written Assignment (x2)

Contact Hours


Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Contact hours are an indication only.

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for MEDI6130
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