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Chapter 13 - Chapter 13 Alcohol and Drugs Drug any...

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Chapter 13: Alcohol and Drugs Drug – any substance, other than food or water, that directly affects the brain or nervous system when ingested Social Constitution of Drugs - concerning drugs and drug-related behaviors based on the meanings that people in groups have imputed to certain things and behaviors. Drug Abuse – Excessive or inappropriate use of a drug that results in some form of physical, mental, or social impairment Drug Addiction – Psychological or physiological need for a drug to maintain sense of well-being and avoid withdrawal symptoms Objective component is physical, psychological, or social evidence of harm Subjective component is people’s perceptions about the consequences Politics of Drugs The labeling of some drugs as licit and others as illicit depends on the definition of drugs by the most powerful interest groups, which are able to get their definitions incorporated into the law Commonly Abused Illegal Drugs Marijuana Psychedelics/Hallucinogens o LSD, peyote, PCP GHB (Gamma Hydroxy Buterate) o Date Rape drug Narcotics o Heroin, Opium Cocaine Legal But Dangerous Drugs Alcohol Nicotine o Cigarettes
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