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Drugs, Alcohol & Gambling: Where to get help

Dont' hesitate to seek help if you feel you have a problem with drugs, alcohol or gambling.


Does your escape from uni and from life’s hardships come in liquid, powder, pill, or even in plastic (credit cards)? Chances are that you’ve already tried something, taken a gamble of some sort, or you may be trying to help someone out of a destructive habit. Our campus community should accept that a person is not defined by what they are addicted to or dabble with. Unfortunately, an escape that involves substance use or gambling can quickly become a trap. If you are between 16-24 years old, you are at greater risk of getting stuck with the consequences of substances use. It’s fair to say that drug-taking is widespread and accessible in the uni environment (and in the city). But getting help & moderating your participation in it is also accepted and encouraged.

We encourage you to ask for help and offer support for those who’d like to reduce substance dependence. If you’re not ready for others to accompany you, you can explore self-help options.

  • Turning Point Australia offers free online counselling related to drugs, alcohol, and gambling.
  • ReachOut offers some alternatives if you’re not ready to give up your usage, but are keen to cut back. For instance, tips on how to drink but not get drunk, or how to party (and get home in one piece).

Gambling has also increased given the availability of apps, Australia’s love of sports, and the false hope of solving financial hardship with a big win. However, gambling is not an investment; it’s designed to make players lose more than they win. Sports betting companies use social media to normalise gambling, and make you feel a like part of the squad…except that you pay the bill for all rounds. Gambling is especially hard to stop as many do it in isolation. Luckily, help is available at Sydney University via Gambleaware. Their program considers your beliefs about gambling, treatment goals, other problems such as anxiety, depression & relationship issues.

Although substance use and gambling may be encouraged by peers, the SRC Caseworkers can help connect you to support.

Need more help or advice?

If you need more advice about your specific situation contact an SRC Caseworker by completing the contact form (below) or call 9660 5222 and our reception team will complete the contact form with you.

Caseworker Contact Form


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