In the UK today, a large proportion of young people use tobacco, alcohol and other drugs in the pursuit of pleasure, solace, acceptance or escape. Such drugs all act on the same areas of the brain, altering its normal function and hence the user’s experience.
The precise nature of the experience and other consequences will reflect the interaction of the particular drug with the individual’s physiology, psychology and current circumstances. To a greater or lesser extent, these drugs are capable of altering behaviour, producing dependence and causing a wide range of direct and indirect harms to health and well-being.
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