Religious attitudes to drug abuse.

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Legally accepted drugs and affects:
Alcohol: Short term: loss of control/judgment, hangover, change of mental state. Long term: increased chance of heart, liver & brain damage, obesity, depression & addiction. Alcohol is a depressant. Tobacco: increased chance of lung cancer, emphysema
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Use of taxes from alcohol and tobacco:
80% of a pack of cigarettes is tax. Some tax money goes towards funding NHS to rehabilitate and/or help drug takers.
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Reasons for taking illegal drugs and consequences:
Social, relieve stress, addiction, improve confidence, advertising, influence, peer pressure. Can lead to crime, mental illness, damage relationships & premature death.
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The law and drugs:
Alcohol and tobacco are legal (age restrictions). Prescribed drugs are legal for the person they are prescribed to. Class A drugs- heroin, ecstasy, cocaine. Class B drugs- cannabis. Class C drugs- anabolic steroids, tranquilisers.
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Effectiveness of methods aimed at reducing drug abuse:
Negative: very expensive, only helps some people, relapses after help aren't rare. Positive: save people's lives, stops addiction.
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Drug definition:
A drug is a substance which when taken affects the body and mind.
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Debate about legislation:
For legalising: Drug users would get help, safer drugs, reduce crime (illegal drug market makes £300 billion a year), restricted amounts, controlled ingredients. Against: destroyed family & neighbourhoods, people don't take drugs if they are illegal.
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Issues concerning obtaining drugs and effects on other people:
Smoking directly affects the health of those around you. Some people steal money to obtain drugs. Some people spend money on drugs instead of life necessities. Can ruin families.
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Buddhist views on drug abuse:
"Abstain from intoxicants" (precept). "Health is the greatest of gifts" (Dhammapada). "Right action" (8fold path), "Avoid harming living beings" (precept). Strive to reach enlightenment. Karma. Cyle of rebirth. Accept medicinal drugs.
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Christian views on alcohol.
Alcohol is permitted, Jesus turned water to wine. Holy Communion. Some believe it breaks up families, leads to crime & causes accidents. Salvation Army hostels, Christian treatment centre, soup kitchens.
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Sadhus:
Hindu holy men and they use alcohol and cannabis in meditation. Proves that it can be used responsibly and usefully.
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What is 'Yeldall Bridges'?
A Christian cemtre providing residential rehabilitation for men aged between 18-50 with serious drug or alcohol problems. Recreation, therapy, life skills, work, education.
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Christian views/ teachings on drug abuse:
'God created man in his own image', 'unnatural', 'control your body in a way that is holy and honourable', 'your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit', Day of Judgement
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Islamic beliefs/teachings on drug abuse:
Khalifas- treat body as a temple, keep mind alert for prayer. Accept medicinal drugs if necessary. Smoking is disapproved of. Can only pray if mind is totally clear- ALCOHOL IS FORBIDDEN, no praying in Mosque for 40 days after drinking.
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Use of taxes from alcohol and tobacco:

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