Buzzed: The Straight Dope About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasyby Cynthia Kuhn, Jeremy J. Foster, Leigh Heather Wilson, Scott Swartzwelder, Wilkie Wilson
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.
- Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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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.
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*
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.