3. Addiction and Society

  1. Professor G. Hussein Rassool PhD, MSc, BA, FRSPH, ILTM Cert. Ed., Cert. Couns., Cert. Director Visiting Professor Formerly Senior Lecturer1,2,3

Published Online: 4 SEP 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444327816.ch3

Addiction for Nurses

Addiction for Nurses

How to Cite

Rassool, G. H. (2010) Addiction and Society, in Addiction for Nurses, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444327816.ch3

Author Information

  1. 1

    Departamento de Psiquiatria e Ciências Humanas da Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

  2. 2

    Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

  3. 3

    Department of Addictive Behaviour and Psychological Medicine, Centre for Addiction Studies, St George's University of London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187466

Online ISBN: 9781444327816



  • addiction and society;
  • alcohol and drug misuse - remaining a global health problem;
  • nature and extent of problem - individual, type of psychoactive active substance(s) and environment;
  • public health problem related to alcohol and drug misuse - confined to illicit drugs, prescriptions of painkillers and new class of ‘happy and magic pills’;
  • armed forces, using amphetamines - to function under stressful and physically demanding conditions;
  • Cannabis sativa (or Indian hemp) - more commonly known as cannabis or marijuana;
  • use of cocaine as a local anaesthetic - and as treatment for drug addiction, alcoholism, depression, various neuroses, indigestion, asthma and syphilis;
  • hallucinogenic drugs, originally called ‘phantastica’;
  • different cultures and alcohol and drug use;
  • anti-drug stance and ‘war on drugs’ - little effect on proliferation of psychoactive substances


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Historical perspective

  • Different cultures and alcohol and drug use

  • Prevalence and patterns of alcohol and drug misuse

  • The alcohol and drug scenes today

  • Policy initiatives and strategies

  • Conclusions

  • References