Drugs and alcohol

Drugs and alcohol refers to substances which we use to change the way our brain works. This includes how we think, feel and behave.

Common positive effects of the drug include feeling happy, relaxed, and 'getting high'. This allows individuals to feel less inhibited, and depending on the substance, it may heighten or dull their senses.

Substance usage involves the interaction of the drug, individual personality and the social environment. Substance usage is also influenced by social and cultural expectations such as partying, peer pressure, and other rituals and customs which become part of our lifestyle.

However, any substance we use has an impact on our health. A harm-minimisation approach considers the actual harm associated with the use of a particular drug (rather than just the drug use itself), and how this harm can be reduced.

Prolonged or heavy use of alcohol or other drugs can lead to tolerance. Tolerance means that you must take more of the substance to feel the same effects you used to have with smaller amounts. It can also lead to problems related to substance dependence and addiction.

Resources

External links

  1. Head to Health: Drugs, alcohol, and other substance-related or addictive disorders
  2. Reachout: How to tell if you have a drug problem
  3. The Alcohol and Drug Foundation

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