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The effects of drugs
New psychoactive substances (NPS) (often incorrectly called ‘legal highs’)
What are NPS?
NPS, such as mephedrone (meow meow) and spice, used to be available to buy legally in “head shops” (shops that sell drug paraphernalia) or online.
Since the Psychoactive Substances Act came into effect on May 26 2016 it has been illegal to supply any NPS in the UK for human consumption. This includes selling them or giving them away for free.
Alcohol, medicines, nicotine, caffeine and poppers (alkyl nitrites) are exempt from the act.
The above excerpt is from NHS UK website. For detailed article please click on the link below to relevant website.
Just over half of the population in the United Kingdom drink alcohol. For most of us it is part of our culture and we feel comfortable with it. Moderate drinking doesn’t cause many problems.
However, over the last 30 years, the UK has become wealthier and alcohol has become relatively more affordable.
Although younger people still drink more than other age groups, fewer people are now starting to drink at a younger age.
In the UK:
- Over the past 5 years, the number of hospital admissions where alcohol is the main cause has risen by 14 per cent
- Around 1 in 17 men and 1 in 50 women are physically dependent on alcohol.
The above excerpt is taken from Royal College of Psychiatrists website. For detailed article please click the link below.
Alcohol misuse means drinking excessively – more than the lower-risk limits of alcohol consumption.
Alcohol consumption is measured in units. A unit of alcohol is 10ml of pure alcohol, which is about:
- half a pint of lower to normal-strength lager/beer/cider (ABV 3.6%)
- a single small shot measure (25ml) of spirits (25ml, ABV 40%)
A small glass (125ml) of wine contains about 1.5 units of alcohol.
The above excerpt is taken from NHS UK website. For full article please click the link below.
People who have never experienced addiction often wonder why someone would want to become addicted to a substance. They ask themselves why anyone would use a substance that could potentially lead them down that path. Many of these questions don’t have simple answers, and the questions that do have answers, are not easy to understand. The best way to explore the way addiction begins is to peel back the complex issues layer by layer and examine the way each component relates to the overall matter.
(The above excerpt is from MedMark.com. For full article please click the link below)