Causes And Consequences Of Substance Abuse

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1. What is substance abuse? It is the long-term, pathological use of alcohol or drugs, characterized by daily intoxication, inability to reduce consumption, and impairment in social or occupational functioning; broadly, alcohol or drug addiction.
2. Broadly, it can be defined as the pattern of use or misuse of substances for mood altering purposes or for a sense of satisfaction.
While illicit substances such as heroine are used as a drug, substances like iodex, painkillers and correction fluids too can be misused as drugs.
3. Substance abuse doesn 't just involve major drugs like cocaine. But no matter what the drug, exploitation leads to severe consequences. And the consequences aren 't just physiological, Social, economic and emotional damage is inevitable 4. What is a gateway drug?
The term "gateway drug" is used to describe any drug that a non-drug user might try out. Contrary to popular belief, these drugs have severe consequences. Interestingly, the psychology of such behaviour is that once you try something like that, you tend to want more. Experimentation is not always good.
5. ALCOHOL
• Alcohol is our ‘favourite’ drug.
• Potential killer.
• Causes much more harm than illegal drugs like heroin and cannabis.
• It is a tranquilliser, it is addictive.
• “I am in control when I drink” cannot be taken at face value
• Alcohol consumption leads to risky behavior and in turn can lead to consumption of harder drugs which is why it comes under the category of gateway
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