Drug use is a major challenge for public services, healthcare professionals and policy-makers all over the world. This book offers a complete overview of the issues associated with substance misuse from an interdisciplinary perspective. It begins by providing a reference guide to the different psychoactive substances, looking at the biological and psychological impact of their use. Key issues in the effect drugs have on society are then addressed, before outlining methods of recovery and therapy. Chapters include: • Reflective questions to challenge readers’ assumptions • Case studies to help students understand the impact of substances on individuals • Links to further resources to expand readers’ knowledge It will be valuable reading for those studying on degrees in criminology, health, nursing, social work and counselling.

Drugs with Mixed Effects

Drugs with Mixed Effects
Aaron Pycroft

Drugs in this group cause euphoria, excitement, sedation and hallucinations; they include ecstasy, cannabis, nicotine and alcohol.


Alcohol is an interesting example of a drug that has mixed effects as it is used both as a ‘livener’ in party and celebratory situations and also to calm us down. Very often it can have a different effect depending upon the context in which it is used and what our expectancies of its use are. In a world that is concerned with drug use, drug-related harms, healthy lifestyles and with political imperatives to reduce the demands that individuals place upon expensive health and welfare interventions, alcohol is a symbol of contradiction. It is the drug that through its supply, ...

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