ALCOHOL AND DRUGS. Sociology 102. From a pharmacological viewpoint a drug is any substance other than food that alters the structure and function of an organism Medical definition - substance used to prevent or treat a disease
Medical definition - substance used to prevent or treat a disease
Sociological definition - a drug is any habit- forming chemical that affects the brain, consciousness, physiological functions and is harmful to the individual and society
Objective aspect of drug use is related to the harm the drug causes to the individual or society
Subjective aspect of a drug is based on perceptions surrounding the use and effects of various drugs on the individual and society
Americans consume an average of
Alcoholics have an uncontrollable need for intoxication.
Biological Factors – Alcoholism is in part due to biological factors