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When we move from the actual biochemistry of the drug to the drug user's previous experience with a drug, his physical and mental condition, his expectations of its actions, and the actual physical and social milieu that he takes his drugs in, we can begin to appreciate why a drug's action, even at the same dose, may vary significantly from person to person, or in the same person from time to time. A common example of this is drinking alcohol. Scientifically, we know that the liver of a person of average height and weight can metabolize approximately two ounces of whiskey every hour.

Lead to turning on, tuning in, and dropping out of society. Reinforced drug use leads to the use of hard Marijuana drugs. Deviant functioning Heroin Sexual functioning Cocaine leads to violent crimes. e n h a n c e s sexual drive and func- tioning. 29 30 Beyond Drugs Religious experiences Hallucinogens cause religious, mystical experiences. Emotional reactions Alcohol c a u s e s uncontrollable aggression. The validity of each statement can be assessed only when we know what drugs actually do and what they don't do.

This, of course, is part of the contemporary drug dilemma. As we review various drug and drug families, we shall be forced to come to terms with the social reality that it is not simply what a drug does to a person's mind and body that makes it acceptable and more easily available, or unacceptable and less easily available. Rather, it is the way we interpret and label the various behaviors which we believe are caused by a drug that triggers our own reactions to specific drugs and drug users. CLASSIFICATION OF DRUGS Attempts to control the use of drugs rarely focus upon a specific drug.

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