Buzzed: The Straight Dope About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy

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The essential, accessible source for understanding how drugs work and their effects on body and behavior. Scientifically accurate and easy to read, this no-nonsense handbook gives the most balanced, objective information available on the most often used and abused drugs, from alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine to heroin, ecstasy, and special-K. It reports both in quick-reference summaries and in depth on how these drugs enter the body, how they manipulate the brain, their short-term and long-term effects, the kinds ...
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The essential, accessible source for understanding how drugs work and their effects on body and behavior. Scientifically accurate and easy to read, this no-nonsense handbook gives the most balanced, objective information available on the most often used and abused drugs, from alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine to heroin, ecstasy, and special-K. It reports both in quick-reference summaries and in depth on how these drugs enter the body, how they manipulate the brain, their short-term and long-term effects, the kinds of "high" they produce, and the circumstances in which they can be deadly. Little information has previously been made accessible to the general public on the most current psychological and pharmacological research on drug use--and even less that is not distorted by anti-drug hysteria, leading many people, especially young people, to distrust any official pronouncements. But whether the reader is a student confronted with drugs for the first time, an accountant reaching for his fourth cup of coffee, or a health educator, this book will provide a clear understanding of how drugs work and the consequences of their use. Neither a "Just Say No" treatise nor a "How-to" manual, this book is based on the conviction that people make better decisions when well-informed than when in the dark.

"...offers detailed information on the most often used and abused drugs including alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, heroin, ecstasy, and special-K...explains how drugs work and the consequences of their use."

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In the midst of the hysteria surrounding drugs — the popularity of "heroin chic," the campaign to legalize marijuana, the danger of "designer" drugs being slipped into drinks on the club scene — there is a growing need for clear information on drugs presented in layman's terms. Based on the most current psychological and pharmacological research, Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy presents a comprehensive, reliable, and unbiased reference to the use and abuse of legal and illegal drugs.

Neither a "just say no" treatise nor a how-to manual, Buzzed is based on the conviction that people make healthier decisions when they "just say know": when they understand in straightforward language how our complex brains really work, and why even small doses of various substances can have such powerful (and sometimes life-threatening) effects.

Without moralizing, Wilkie Wilson and his coauthors Cynthia Kuhn and Scott Swartzwelder, all professors at the Duke University Medical Center, debunk myths and tell the unglamorous truth about drugs including hallucinogens, opiates, inhalants, stimulants, nicotine, and alcohol. Drawing solid facts from their aggregate fields of pharmacology and psychology, the writers also include advice from Wilson's daughter, Heather, and Jeremy Foster, college students who understand the reality of drug use in schools and the pressures facing young people today.

Whether the questions are about young teens who sniff glue to get high, fraternity pledges whogetdrunk as part of "hazing," or older adults who drink wine for the good of their hearts, Buzzed debunks popular myths about drugs and makes the latest scientific research simple and easy to understand.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393317329
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 317
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Interviews & Essays


Before the live bn.com chat, Wilkie Wilson agreed to answer some of our questions.

Q: What initially compelled you to write this book?

A: The writing of Buzzed was precipitated by two events. Both occurred during the freshman year of my daughter Heather. The first was an incident in which some students came in and talked to Heather about visiting another college and using ecstasy. Heather remembered that I had said that ecstasy was a particularly bad drug because it might permanently injure a particular group of nerve cells that control sleep, anxiety, and depression. She looked up ecstasy in a text borrowed from our coauthor Cindy Kuhn, and before long, her room was full of students wanting to see the book. At that point we realized that a book that was accessible to more people would be important.

The second was the attempted suicide of a friend who was depressed and then drank a lot of alcohol at the time she was also taking a lot of cold medicine. We felt that had she known of the interactions of alcohol and cold medicine, the friend might have avoided this combination and not become so horribly depressed.

In addition, I should say that our coauthors, Scott Swartzwelder and Cynthia Kuhn, had a long-standing interest in drug education, and they were as enthusiastic as anyone could be about doing this project.

Q: What do you think is the most common misconception about "the most used and abused drugs from alcohol to ecstasy"?

A: People do not realize how complex the brain is and how different the various classes of drugs can be in their effects on the brain. For example, it's hard to have a lethal overdose with marijuana, but it can affect the learning process for up to two days -- much longer than the "buzz" lasts. On the other hand, the date-rape drug GHB can be lethal at doses just above those that cause a buzz. Then there's ecstasy, which disrupts the ability of the body to regulate its temperature and can lead to real problems with hyperthermia -- and it's used in the very warm environment of raves.

Q: Do your students at Duke know that you wrote this book? What has been their reaction to Buzzed?

A: My coauthor Cindy Kuhn teaches the undergraduate classes, and from what I hear they love it. In fact, everyone who has seen Buzzed has found it useful -- physicians, teachers, lawyers, students. Remember that almost everyone uses drugs -- nicotine, alcohol, caffeine -- and people like knowing what's happening to their brains.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2002

    User-Friendly Drug Education

    This book has been very useful to me when discussing alcohol and other drug use with teenagers. I give it to all of my adolescent clients as part of their treatment. Because the authors' goal was to present accurate scientific information, it avoids the moralizing and preaching associated with much of the drug education presented today (which teens largely ignore, anyway). I am grateful to have found a book on drugs that adolescents will read, take seriously, and enjoy. The contents of this book are often brought to group therapy by participants as a springboard for discussion. These discussions are lively, and very often precipitate change in patterns of substance use. It appears that the authors are correct: When given "straight facts" about substances, teens make better choices.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2001

    A must read for anyone who does drugs

    I am a teenage girl who has many friends who are frequently under the influence of drugs. A few years ago, I thought that all drugs were bad and disapproved of my friends using them. Now, I think a lot more people would be better off if they actually did drugs 'responsibly' and would research the effects that the drug has on them and the proper dosage. In my recent research I have learned about how some of the effects of legal drugs are worse than those of illegal substances. The authors present the information in a non-biased way. I think anyone who is going to ever use drugs or anyone who has friends who use drugs should read this book. It will help you be more prepared and know what to expect after you or someone you know takes the drug. also check out erowid.org for more info on drugs. *PLUR*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2001

    Review on 'buzzed'

    This was a good and truful book not twisting the truth. it not only informs you of the negative thing having to do with all sorts of drugs but it also informs of uses for the drug and if it has mager after effects. The truth is in the book and i advice you to read it.

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