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Christianity

CHRISTIANITY:

dont you know that you yourselves are God's temple, and that God's spirit lives in you?

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Christianity

CHRISTIANITY:

Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise

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Christianity

CHRISTIANITY:

it is not the healthy who need a doctor but the sick

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Christianity

CHRISTIANITY:

wharever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me

(rehab)

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Christianity

CHRISTIANITY:

love your neighbour

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Christianity

CHRISTIANITY:

follow justice and justice alone

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Islam

ISLAM:

Every intoxicant is Khamr and all Khamr is Haram (forbidden)

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Islam

ISLAM:

Liquor, gambling, idols...are but abominations and Satanic devices. So turn wholly away from each of them that you may prosper.

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Islam

ISLAM:

they keep you back from the remembrance of Allah and from prayer

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Islam

ISLAM:

Concerning wine and gambling...in them is great sin...the sin is greater than the profit

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Christianity

CHRISTIANITY:

it is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything to cause your brother to fall

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Key terms

DRUG - a substance which, when taken, affects the body or mind

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS - drugs legally obtained only with a doctor's consent

DRUG ABUSE - using drugs in a way that harms the user

ILLEGAL DRUGS - drugs which are illegal to possess, sell or use, put into three classifications according to their potential harm and addictiveness

SOCIAL DRUGS - legal drugs which are still addictive such as alcohol, nicotine, caffeine

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Classification

CLASS A - heroin, cocaine, LSD. Life in prison for supplying/7 years for possession

CLASS B -amphetamines, cannabis. 14 years for supply/5 years for possession

CLASS C -anabolic steroids, tranquilisers. 14 years for supplying/2 years for possession (if not legal)

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why do people smoke

  • enjoy the taste/sensation
  • addicted
  • need to smoke to relax
  • peer pressure
  • growing up in a smoking household - normalised
  • thinks it helps keep weight down
  • following role models who smoke
  • think it will not cause them har, even though it harms others
  • think they will look antisocial if they refuse a cigarette when offered
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why do people drink alcohol

  • enjoy the taste
  • pubs and nightclubs are good social venues and alcohol is part of the scene
  • enjoy being under the influence
  • addicted
  • friends drink, so they join in
  • family life encourages drinking e.g. at meal times
  • associated with celebrating success/special events
  • gives a person confidence
  • peer pressure / advertising
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Christianity

CHRISTIANITY:

Smoking is discouraged for the harm it does, though it is left to individual choice.

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Christianity

CHRISTIANITY:

Drinking of alcohol not forbidden in moderation. Must use alcoholic wine in Holy Communion

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Islam

ISLAM:

Many Muslims do not smoke because they do not want to harm the body Allah gave them, but smoking although discouraged, is forbidden only during the Ramadan fast.

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Islam

ISLAM:

whilst the taking of drugs is condemned in Islam, followers are expected to help other Muslins who sucumb to the temptation of drugs

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Buddhism

BUDDHISM:

Fifth Precept - abstain from the use of any intoxicating substance that can harm the mind

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Hinduism

HINDIUSM:

A few hindu holy men use bhang - mild form of cannabis - however not permitted in mainstream hinduism.

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Rastafarianism

RASTAFARIANISM:

Rastafarians allow the use of cannabis in order to reach a higher spiritual plane because it is a natural herb that God has provided

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Cannabis

Effects of cannabis:

  • 1000 people a year develop long-term psychotic illness due to cannabis use
  • Mental health hospital admissions due to effects of cannabis rose by 63% from 2002-2007
  • 500/week need medical treatment after using cannabis
  • av. age of a first time user is 13, which raises fears about future mental health.
  • Cannabis "gateway" drug - raises possibility of a habit which can develop into using class A's
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Islam

ISLAM:

make not your own hands contribute to your destruction

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Sikhism

SIKHISM:

there are four sins that are particularly serious [one of which is]...using tobacco

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Hinduism

HINDUISM:

he must not get wilfully addicted to any...substance of self-gratification; he must try to overcome such dependance through will power

(rehab)

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Hinduism

HINDUISM:

the mind of a drunken person becomes confused, then the confused mind commits sins...a wise person should never even try wine and other intoxicants

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Hinduism

HINDUISM:

Drinking the wine, his intelligence departs, and madness enters his mind

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Buddhism

BUDDHISM:

Right Action, shows metta

(rehab)

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Christianity

CHRISTIANITY:

Do not get drunk on wine, which will ruin you, but instead be filled with the Holy Spirit

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Christianity

CHRISTIANITY:

Drug abuse is the new slavery

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Buddhism

BUDDHISM:

intoxicants affect concentration which affects meditation

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Buddhism

BUDDHISM:

the root of suffering is craving and to reach Nirvana this has to be stopped

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Catholic

ROMAN CATHOLIC:

The use of drugs inflicts very grave damage on human health and life. Their use, except on strictly therapeuic grounds, is a grave offence

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