ALCOHOL1 - ALCOHOL, DRUGS, & CRIME WEEK 1- INTRODUCTION...

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WEEK 1- INTRODUCTION What is a Drug? Much debate about what actually constitutes a drug Much misuse of the term drug, so some would argue that we use chemical or substance abuse instead Alcohol is a drug, but it is excluded from most definitions leading to confusion about alcohol abuse No such things as a “soft” drug Any substance that alters one’s ability to function emotionally, physically, financially or socially (Goldberg, 2009) Any chemical agent that has the ability to alter biochemical or physiological processes (Hamilton et al, 1998) Refers to substances that have mood altering, psychotropic (psychoactive) effects (Abadinsky, 2009) Any biologically active chemical that does not occur naturally in the human body. Drugs can be used to prevent and treat disease, alter mood and cognition or otherwise change behaviour. Drugs are classified into families according to their
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2012 for the course BIO 2400 taught by Professor Mclean during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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ALCOHOL1 - ALCOHOL, DRUGS, & CRIME WEEK 1- INTRODUCTION...

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