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NCJ Number: NCJ 178940     Find in a Library
Title: Interrelationship Between the Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs: Summary Overview for Drug Court Practitioners
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Author(s): John N. Marr
Corporate Author: American University
Drug Court Clearinghouse & Technical Assistance Project
United States of America
Date Published: 08/1999
Page Count: 11
  Annotation: This issues paper addresses the underlying physiological, sociological, and psychological foundation for prohibiting persons addicted to controlled substances from using alcohol.
Abstract: It advises that the repeated introduction of alcohol and other drugs into the human neurological system triggers a release of dopamine, serotonin, or endorphin in the pleasure centers of the brain. This release upsets the brain's ability to naturally release and replenish its chemical reservoirs. Thus, the person becomes unable to attain feelings of pleasure and well-being without using alcohol or other drugs. Alcohol, taken by itself, has the effect of a central nervous system (CNS) depressant; however, when mixed with other drugs, alcohol can produce additional reactions, such as the following: increase the sedative effect of CNS depressant drugs; inhibit a drug's metabolism by competing with the drug for the same enzymes; and transforming some drugs into toxic chemicals, damaging the liver or organs. A chart summarizes the physiological and clinical attributes of major categories of drugs and their interaction with alcohol. This paper also provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding the interaction of alcohol with other drugs.
Main Term(s): Drug treatment
Index Term(s): Drug effects ; Alcohol abuse ; Alcoholism treatment programs ; Alcohol abuse education ; Drug Courts
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
Drug Courts Program Office
United States of America
Grant Number: 95-DC-MX-K002; 98-NU-VX-K018
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Type: Instructional Material
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: Drug Courts Resource Series
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