Religion and Morality - Unit 4 - Drug abuse (Social Drugs+)

Drug abuse noted from 3.5-social drugs and onwards

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Social Drugs

Tobacco: Used in cigarettes (and cigars) - it contains nicotine which is an addictive social drug

Alcohol: an addictive social drug found in beer, wine, spirits, etc.

  • Tobacco causes lung cancer, bronchitis, heart diseases and more
  • Alcohol causes damage to the liver and heart and obesity
  • Over 12,000 people die in the UK per year as a result of smoking
  • Over 30,000 people die in the UK per year as a result of drinking alcohol
  • Since July 2007, smoking has been illegal in public places
  • Nicotine and alcohol can harm a baby during pregnancy
  • Alcohol is a depressant
  • Excessive alcohol can lead to antisocial behaviour - violence, vandalism, etc.
  • Some taxes from alcohol and tobacco go towards funding for the NHS
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Why do people use drugs?


  • Enjoy the taste
  • Social - meeting at clubs and pubs or for a special occasion
  • They enjoy being under alcohol's influence
  • Addiction
  • Influenced by media/peer pressure/family and friends
  • Gives them confidence


  • Enjoy the taste and sensation
  • It's relaxing
  • Addiction
  • Influenced by friends/role models
  • Grown up in the same environment
  • Keeps their weight down
  • Social
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Why do people use drugs?

Illegal Drugs:

  • Addiction
  • To enjoy a night out
  • Influenced by peer pressure/role models/media
  • Improve confidence
  • To cope with a crisis

Wine is a mocker and beer is a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
Proverbs 20:1 

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Reasons for not using alcohol and tobacco


  • Do not forbid drinking alcohol, only in moderation.
  • Use alcoholic wine in Holy Communion
  • Smoking is discouraged because of its harm, but not forbidden - it harms your body, which is a temple of the Holy Spirit


  • Alcohol is completely forbidden - can't concentrate on their religious duties and Allah
  • Smoking is discouraged because of its harm to the body Allah gave them - is forbidden during Ramadan
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Reasons for not using alcohol and tobacco

Buddhism and Sikhism:

  • Both are forbidden because of their potential harm and effect on the mind
  • Buddhism - They both can create bad karma


  • Smoking is banned in public places
  • They both create bad karma

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? 1 Corinthians 6:19

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Reasons for not using illegal drugs

Social consequences:

  • Addiction
  • Can cause crime - to gain money to buy the drugs
  • Can cause hurt to friends and family

All main religions forbid the use of illegal drugs

Christians: harmfulness to the body, family and society

Jews: breaks the law, encourages lack of self-control and causes harm

Christianity and Judaism: teach that compassions and help should be given to addicts

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What can be done about addiction?


  • Some believe they should be left to sort themselves out - good money should be spent on 'more deserving' people
  • people should have help through rehabilitation

Long-Term Solutions:

  • More investments could enforce that fewer illegal drugs reach the street
  • Prison sentences increased for drug user and dealers
  • Rehabilitation could be compulsory for all addicts
  • Improving life in socially deprived areas could reduce young people starting to take drugs
  • Increased focus on drugs in schools and the media
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Religious views on importance of helping addicts

They have a duty to help others in society

Helping addicts shows kindness and compassion which brings about good karma

It's best to encourage addicts whenever possible
It is not the healthy that need a doctor, but the sick. Mark 2:17 

Not harming and having the duty to help builds good karma
Drug taking is the belief of having previous bad karma

Expected to help Muslim drug takers

Encourages assistance and counselling for addicts 

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