Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Post 3 - The Truth Behind Psychoactive Drugs - Alcohol Abuse

 Psychoactive Drugs: "a drug or other substance that affects how the brain works and causes changes in mood, awareness, thoughts, feelings, or behavior." (Dictionary of Cancer Terms, n.d). These drugs can range from coffee, alcohol, nicotine, heroin, meth, cocaine, etc. In our world today, these drugs are some of the biggest issues our world faces; as they are extremely addicting, and are killing people on a daily basis. It is an estimated about of about twenty-one million Americans have at-least one addiction, and only ten percent of them receive treatment (Yerby, 2019). Alcohol is the most used psychoactive drug, and has led the worldwide cause of 5.3 percent of deaths, with an average of three hundred million people have an alcohol use disorder, and about thirty Americans die every day in an alcohol related car accident (Yerby, 2019). As these are just some of the very few examples of psychoactive drugs, I feel that it is extremely important to spread awareness on this drug, as it continues daily to take over our world. 

Below is a link to an overview of psychoactive drugs for more information.


References - 

NCI Dictionary of Cancer terms. National Cancer Institute. (n.d.). Retrieved July 26, 2022, from https://www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-terms/def/psychoactive-substance 

Yerby, N. (2019, June 24). Addiction statistics. Addiction Center. Retrieved July 26, 2022, from https://www.addictioncenter.com/addiction/addiction-statistics/ 



  1. Hi Olivia, this is a great awareness post and should be shared on many platforms. Psycho-active drugs have such a harmful impact on our society. I think many people don't realize that alcohol is a major issue and often gets overlooked because it is such a social norm.

  2. I think this was a good topic to choose. Many people suffer from addiction and don't realize what they are doing to themselves but also to the people around them. I know people that have started with smoking weed to doing coke. I hope that these numbers stop getting higher and higher.

  3. Hi Olivia! I find it so interesting that things like meth and caffeine can fall under the same category but this just goes to show that there is a lot of range when it comes to psychoactive drugs.