4. Introduction to Alcohol and Drugs

  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.ch4

Addiction for Nurses

Addiction for Nurses

How to Cite

Rassool, G. H. (2010) Introduction to Alcohol and Drugs, in Addiction for Nurses, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444327816.ch4

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



  • alcohol and drugs;
  • problem drug users and problem drinkers - and psychoactive substances;
  • common language for understanding - complexities of addiction to alcohol and drugs;
  • drugs, any sort of food affecting - the way our body functions;
  • psychological and physical dependence - tolerance, psychological dependence, physical dependence and withdrawal;
  • psychological dependence, accepted as the most widespread and the most important;
  • possibility, of having dependence without withdrawal - and withdrawal without dependence;
  • dependence syndrome - cluster of physiological, behavioural and cognitive phenomena, takes h higher priority;
  • people and how they take drugs - routes of drug administration;
  • complications of injecting


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What is a drug?

  • Problem drug users and problem drinkers

  • Psychological and physical dependence

  • The dependence syndrome

  • How people take drugs (routes of drug administration)

  • References