How Do Drugs and Alcohol Affect You

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How do Drugs and Alcohol Affect You
Sarah Tate
Kaplan University-Omaha
CJ411 Drugs and Alcohol
May 15, 2012
Kerry Neumann

Drugs and alcohol can cause short and long term damage to the human body. People that abuse drugs and alcohol may not be aware of the damage they are doing to their bodies. There are also psychological effects that drugs and alcohol can do to the human mind. These psychological effects can and may be permanent depending on the drug used and prolonged use of drugs and alcohol. Here we will concentrate on alcohol, amphetamines, and ecstasy. These vary in type of drug, addiction potential, and damage they can cause to the body and mind.
Alcohol is a depressant and considered to mildly addictive. If abused for a
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Alcohol has a strong effect on the mind of the user. Sometimes alcohol can make a person become volatile in behavior and cause the drinker to become physically and verbally abusive to those around him/her, or themselves. Alcohol has been known to be a factor in many domestic violence cases. Many people that under the influence of alcohol, often get into legal problems, which they normally would not have, if not under the influence.
Alcohol may also be used medically as a sedative. This author has seen alcohol used in nursing homes also. It was used for a patient that had been an alcoholic all of her life and because of this they would give her a drink at the end of the night to help her sleep. There should be a better way to help her sleep, nut from the reading this author has done, maybe alcohol in smaller doses such as this, is helpful to some people. Alcohol may also be used medically as an anesthetic to clean areas, such as cuts and abrasions.
Amphetamines are a stimulant drug and considered to be highly addictive. “Amphetamines can cause an increase in heart rate, increase in breathing, and an increase in blood pressure, and they can also cause sweating, shaking, headaches, sleeplessness, and blurred vision”, (Durani, Y., M.D., p.2., 2012). Amphetamines are not all illegal. Some amphetamines are prescribed for children and adults that suffer from ADHD, obesity, and early symptoms of dementia.
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