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In the past years the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs has 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.
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 the use of different substances?

Why a European Master?

Europe contains a wide range of cultures, beliefs and behaviours related to alcohol and other legal and illegal psychoactive substances consumption. However, most studies on these topics have been conducted in US or Australia.
How useful are these studies 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 approach students will be involved in a critical examination of evidence - how it is produced, disseminated and implemented - and their importance in diverse political, social, economic and cultural settings.
EMDAS focuses on Europe not to deny the importance of global and international influences, enlarging the field also to neighbouring countries.

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. It also provides the possible responses to problems and offers the tools they need to face clinical practice and prevention challenges.
Masters' students will take advantage of European teachers and then have the opportunity to share research results, experiences and personal knowledge about their countries. They will also have the opportunity of work placements in the university partners.

Why a European Master?

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, an important 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 researchers and public and private health and social workers.