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NCJ Number: 178940 Find in a Library
Title: Interrelationship Between the Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs: Summary Overview for Drug Court Practitioners
Author(s): John N. Marr
Corporate Author: American University
Drug Court Clearinghouse & Technical Assistance Project
United States of America
Date Published: August 1999
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: American University
Washington, DC 20016
Drug Policy Information Clearinghouse
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
US Dept of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 95-DC-MX-K002; 98-NU-VX-K018
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Drug Policy Information Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF|Text
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
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): Alcohol abuse; Alcohol abuse education; Alcoholism treatment programs; Drug Courts; Drug effects
Note: Drug Courts Resource Series
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