Drugs, Alcohol and Mental Health (Cambridge Social Biology Topics)

Drugs, Alcohol and Mental Health (Cambridge Social Biology Topics)

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Alan Cornwell
Cambridge University Press
Edition: 2, 5/5/2010
EAN 9780521437103, ISBN10: 0521437105

Paperback, 108 pages, 23.4 x 15.5 x 0.6 cm
Language: English

This introductory textbook covers the biochemical, behavioural and social factors which influence the mind. It discusses all major groups of drugs which are commonly misused, including drugs normally available only on prescription, hallucinogenic drugs, narcotics, and socially acceptable drugs such as caffeine and nicotine. Alcohol, as the most widely used drug of abuse in most developed countries, is considered in detail: the biological effects of alcohol, the problems resulting from alcohol use, and the means by which alcohol abuse can be controlled, are all discussed. The final chapters deal with mental health and mental illness. An excellent introduction to the topic for advanced school and beginning undergraduate biology students.

1. Drugs and drug abuse
2. Socially acceptable drugs
3. Misuse of prescribed and related drugs
4. Hallucinogenic drugs
5. Opiates and other narcotics
6. The biology of alcohol
7. The problems of alcohol use
8. Prevention and control of alcohol problems
9. Help for problem drinkers
10. Mental health and mental illness
11. Alzheimer's disease and other dementias
12. Other mental illnesses
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