Alcohol has been a part of human society for thousands of years, as has alcohol abuse and addiction. Drinking releases dopamine into the brain, which gives people a sense of euphoria and comfort that reduces both physical and emotional pain. However, the body develops a tolerance for...
A direct connection exists between alcohol abuse and anger management. Many people find that when they drink they become prone to abusing people verbally or physically, because alcohol can affect people powerfully. Unfortunately, the psychological power of alcoholism blinds drinkers to...
People often turn to alcohol to alleviate unwanted symptoms of stress and anxiety because initially it produces the desired effect of euphoria and relaxation. However, people who struggle with long-term stressors typically find that prolonged alcohol use makes things worse. As stress...
Drugs are classified and differentiated in many different ways. For certain purposes, they may be placed into categories based on their effects. LSD and psilocybin, for example, are considered to be hallucinogens. Hallucinogens may be further broken down into the categories of...
Subutex is a form of buprenorphine, a semi-synthetic opioid that is prescribed to treat opiate addictions. It is viewed as an advance over methadone, because it is not as addictive. Another significant benefit of Subutex is that it can be prescribed in a doctor’s office, which means...
There are several types of tranquilizers, such as benzodiazepines, barbiturates and major tranquilizers. These drugs induce feelings of calm and relaxation, and they slow down brain activity to produce a tranquil effect. These drugs are primarily used to treat anxiety and other mental...
Absinthe is an herbal liquor that consists of anise, fennel, and wormwood. On top of this basic recipe, some versions of absinthe add other herbs and flowers. Absinthe has a green color (derived from the chlorophyll of the wormwood leaves) and was thus known as the “Green...
It is easy to overlook many of the negative effects alcohol has in our lives. People tend to focus on the major consequences from heavy or binge drinking, like vehicle accidents, DUI’s, liver disease, or cancer. If these issues have not been a problem for a drinker, he may mistakenly...
Ecstasy is one of the most highly sought after club drugs and is taken to experience increased feelings of happiness, sensation and euphoria. Overdose is highly possible for an ecstasy user, however it very rarely causes death. The symptoms and side effects of an ecstasy overdose can lead...
There is a common misconception that marijuana does not have dangerous interactions with other drugs. The truth is that marijuana can increase the risks of sedative medications, and taking it with Prozac or Antabuse can lead to agitation, irritability and insomnia. Combining marijuana...
When people think about polysubstance abuse, they most often think of illicit drug combinations such as “speedballs” containing heroin and cocaine. Since cocaine is a stimulant and heroin is a depressant, the intent is to get the intense euphoric feelings of these drugs while...
Energy drinks have become quite popular and some people mix them with alcohol. These drinks contain extremely high levels of stimulants such as caffeine, taurine and ginseng, and they promise users sustained energy and the ability to party longer and harder. College students, teenagers...