Religion and Drug abuse

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Topic: Religious attitudes to Drug Abuse
AQA spec:
Within this topic candidates should be aware of religious beliefs and teachings concerning the
mind and body. They should be aware of the implications of these in relation to the taking of
drugs for non-medical purposes and with reference to the following areas:
· The religious beliefs and teaching concerning the mind and body and rights and
· Religious attitudes to the use of drugs, including medically prescribed, legal and illegal drugs;
· Legally accepted drugs and their effects, including caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco;
· The use of the taxes raised on alcohol and tobacco for medical research and treatment;
· The reasons why illegal drugs may be taken; physical, mental, and social consequences of
taking drugs for social and recreational purposes.
· Issues concerning obtaining drugs and the effects on other people, e.g. stealing to pay for their
habit, drinking or taking illegal drugs and driving, family problems;
· The effectiveness of methods aimed at reducing drug abuse and rehabilitating users;
· The law and drugs, including the debate about the classification and legal status of different
drugs, including cannabis, ecstasy, heroin, solvents, alcohol.
A drug is a substance that can be natural or manufactured in a laboratory which, if introduced to
the body, has an effect on the way the mind and body works.
Types of drug:
Consequences for CARRYING drugs:
up to seven years in prison or an unlimited fine (or both) for a Class A drug
up to five years in prison or an unlimited fine (or both) for a Class B drug
up to two years in prison or an unlimited fine (or both) for a Class C drug
If you are caught dealing or supplying in any way, the punishments are much more
Reasons people take drugs:
Experimental: Short term, often group activity. Usually taken by the availability of the drug
rather than the preference of the taker. Mainly a one time activity or irregular usage, to
experiment and see if they like it. Could increase to recreational or simply stop.
Recreational: Where enjoyment is the key factor, in times of leisure. Usually on a regular
basis to relax. There is usually a certain amount of control over the type of drug, amount
taken, when and how it is taken. Can be described as ranging from occasion to heavy use,
without dependence.
Dependent: A much more long term activity. Comes with a certain compulsiveness- the user
cannot cope without the drug. The user has usually lost control of their drug use. Very

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frequent, less controlled use with regards to location, amount and quality of drug or
Religious teachings on drug abuse:
Christians usually see drug and alcohol abuse as wrong. The key idea is that your body is
sacred and therefore should not be `defiled'.…read more


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