Drugs without the hot air: Making Sense of Legal and Illegal Drugs

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He has similar contempt for tobacco, which, at current rates, will have killed a billion people by 2030. The dangers of illegal drugs are well known and rarely disputed, but how harmful are alcohol and tobacco by comparison? Most importantly, it's book about the real world, where some people do take drugs (some even enjoy it! and policies that rely on stopping all drug use (except alcohol and tobacco, which somehow don't count), simply aren't going to fly.

Many British people who don’t recognize my name or know anything about my work will nonetheless remember me as “the government scientist who got sacked”. This second edition of, expert drug scientist, David Nutt's brilliant book examines the facts about both legal and illegal drugs. For the most part I blocked them out with headphones as I was reading, but what I caught of their chat was pretty entertaining. It's quite rare that the title of a book describes both its subject and presentation matter quite so succinctly. Despite how he extorts alcohol going uncontested for its normalcy of use in everyday life, he doesn't happen to consider the negative side to antidepressants for even a sentence in this chapter.Anyone taking (or considering taking) any kind of drug (that included alcohol and tobacco) should read this book to get an idea of the relative risks of different drugs. Broadening the scope of the discussion, a framework is explored for formulating national drug policies that will minimize a myriad of harms—social, medical, criminal, financial, and environmental. This book is far too sensible an approach to drugs for any politician outside of a Scandinavian country to pay attention to. That would be a direct incentive for drinkers to switch to weaker drinks and for manufacturers to reverse the trend of beers and wines getting stronger.

Written by renowned psychiatrist, Professor David Nutt, Drugs without the hot air casts a refreshingly honest light on drugs and answers crucial questions that are rarely ever disputed.I would have even accepted a book that taught me a lot about the history, or that gave me a lot of anecdotal accounts that weaved stories both from the regulatory and user side of things.

If they had diabetes they would need insulin every day and would suffer physical problems without it, but we wouldn't consider them 'addicted'" (241).The above exchange occurred in 2011, and if anything, the situation in both the UK and US has deteriorated since then.

Alcohol, for example, receives the same sort of examination as amphetamine, and in every case, he considers a drug's possible medicinal uses, as well as its cultural and social context. In many ways my departure from the UK government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) was my reason for writing this book, so it makes sense to start the story there.For some reason – perhaps it was a slow news day – this got picked up by the media and I was interviewed on BBC Radio 4.

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