Drugs without the hot air: Making sense of legal and illegal drugs: without the hot air

Autor David Nutt
en Limba Engleză Paperback – sep 2021
The dangers of illegal drugs are well known and rarely disputed, but how harmful are alcohol and tobacco by comparison? The issue of what a drug is and how we should live with them affects us all: parents, teachers, users - anyone who has taken a painkiller or drunk a glass of wine. Written by renowned psychiatrist, Professor David Nutt, Drugs without the hot air casts a refreshingly honest light on drugs and answers crucial questions that are rarely ever disputed. What are we missing by banning medical research into magic mushrooms, LSD and cannabis? Can they be sources of valuable treatments? How can psychedelics treat depression?Drugs without the hot air covers a wide range of topics, from addiction and whether addictive personalities exist to the role of cannabis in treating epilepsy, an overview on the opioid crisis, and an assessment of how harmful vaping is. This new expanded and revised second edition includes even more details on international policies, particularly in the US. David's research has won international support, reducing drug-related harm by introducing policies that are founded on scientific evidence. But there is still a lot to be done. Accessibly written, this much-awaited second edition is an important book for everyone that brings us all up to date with the 'war of drugs'.
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ISBN-13: 9780857844989
ISBN-10: 0857844989
Pagini: 448
Ilustrații: Black & White Illustrations and Diagrams
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 34 mm
Greutate: 0.43 kg
Ediția:Second Edition,
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Uit Cambridge Ltd
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Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom


Written by renowned psychiatrist and academic Professor David Nutt, who was previously a government drugs advisor and whose research has influenced policies across the globe.

Notă biografică

David Nutt is a psychiatrist, chair of DrugScience and the Edmund J Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology in Imperial College London. The Times Eureka science magazine voted him one of the 100 most important figures in British Science. David hosts The Drug Science Podcast, and his writing has featured in numerous publications, including The Guardian, the Lancet and BBC Science Focus.


PrefaceChapter endnotesURLs and linksAcknowledgementsWhy I had to write this bookIs ecstasy more dangerous than horse riding?How can we measure the harms done by drugs?Why do people take drugs?Cannabis, from the medicine of queens to public enemy number one?Synthetic cannabinoids - the problem of "spice"If alcohol were discovered today, would it be legal?"Meow meow" - should mephedrone have been banned?What is addiction? Is there an "addictive personality"?Can addiction be cured?Cocaine - from chewing to crackWhy was smoking banned in public places?Vaping and snus - to vape or not to vape?Prescription drugs; the US opioid crisisCan drugs improve physical and mental performance?Psychedelics, and their use in treating depressionThe War on Drugs, and drugs in warNPS - novel psychoactive substancesThe future of drugsWhat should I tell my kids about drugs?Useful websitesURLs referenced in the textIndex


There's a lifetime's worth of knowledge and research to dig into here but thanks to Nutt's direct, no nonsense writing style the book also serves as a masterclass in science communication.
Professor David Nutt is the most trusted drug scientist in the world. In Drugs Without the Hot Air, he demonstrates that this distinction is well earned.
I don't think you could ask for a more sensible, clear-eyed, and useful book about drugs, from the ones your doctor prescribes to the ones your bartender serves you to the ones you can go to jail for possessing. Nutt is not just a great and principled campaigner, nor merely a talented and dedicated scientist - he's also a superb communicator.
Drugs with the Hot Air is the perfect book for anyone who wants to understand drugs, their risks and benefits. David avoids all the prejudices and misinformation, common in too many documents in this field. He writes simply. He is a pleasure to read.
Written by one of the most distinctive voices in the field, Drugs Without the Hot Air offers the basis for a pragmatic, science-based drugs policy. From alcohol and smoking, cannabis and crack, to the contemporary opioid epidemic, Nutt punctures the myths and tells it like it is. A manifesto and a must-read.
Engaging, informed, contemporary and wise: David Nutt's new edition will inform anyone touched by the myriad psychoactive chemicals we call drugs. That's everyone.
The amazing Professor David Nutt has done it again. The must-read second edition has even more drugs and even less hot air!
A clear and reasonable perspective on a complicated and controversial area from an expert unafraid of talking sense to power about addictive drugs, legal or illegal.
Drugs without the hot air is a highly readable and informative survey of the current state of play on recreational drug use and abuse by one of our leading clinical psychopharmacologists. David Nutt confronts the many controversial issues concerning both legal and illegal drug use, including its political regulation, with a combination of common sense, evidence-based argument and passion.
Professor Nutt takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the history and science of psychoactive substances - legal and illegal - and explores the disconnect between the science and policy... This book is for anyone interested in learning about drugs and drug policy - it is accessible, engaging, thought-provoking and there is definitely not a hint of hot air.