Forces Of Habit: Drugs And The Making Of The Modern World

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The psychoactive revolution, a term coined by David Courtwright, in his novel, Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World, refers to the production, exchange, and consumption of psychoactive substances. They were at the core of the expansion westward and the new colonization of the Americas, and eventually became an enabling condition of modern times primarily at the start of the industrial revolution. (2)
These psychoactive substances transformed habits of millions of people around the world and their economies. The use of narcotics along with the big three, tobacco, coffee, and alcohol rank at the top of social and economic change at the time of the industrial revolution. These drugs acted as a fuel for these hard working individuals
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