WEL116 Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling 1 (8)

The subject will examine the social and psychological aspects of gambling and drug and alcohol use. Students will be introduced to the multi-causal nature of addictions and compulsions. A range of strategies utilised to address social problems of addiction and compulsion are considered with particular emphasis being placed on the relationship between preventative approaches and prohibition and enforcement. Topics include the consumption of legal and illegal drugs, the nature of gambling and other non-drug compulsions and a history of drug use and legislation.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Understand the relationship between drug and alcohol use and the social and political mores of contemporary society
  • Be familiar with some of the major theories relating to gambling compulsion and drug and alcohol addiction
  • Recognise that the causes of addictive behaviours are multiple and may include social, psychological and physiological factors
  • Critically assess the influence of legislation in addressing gambling, and drug and alcohol use in society


This subject will cover the following topics:

The importance of contemporary social and political attitudes toward gambling and drug and alcohol usage The commonality of patterns of addiction in the use of legal and illegal drugs and between gambling and other non-drug compulsions The history of legislation in addressing issues related to gambling , drugs and alcohol in society


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.