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?

Alcohol: 

  • 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

Smoke: 

  • 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

Christians:

  • 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

Islam:

  • 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

Hinduism:

  • 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?

Attitudes:

  • 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

Sikhs:
They have a duty to help others in society

Buddhists:
Helping addicts shows kindness and compassion which brings about good karma

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

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

Muslims:
Expected to help Muslim drug takers

Jews:
Encourages assistance and counselling for addicts 

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