5.0 out of 5 stars Great Primer On Many Aspects Of Addictive Substances
I am a health care professional who just started working with patients in a hospital detox setting. This book was exactly what I was looking for as a review and primer on the effects different drugs had on the brain and body. The book is in two parts. Part one is basically a quick reference to the different classes of addictive substances, how they affect the brain, how...
Published on Sept. 7 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Must Check Out
This book by Cynthia Kuhn is a must have for recreational drug usersand older generation alike. This book gives a detailed description about the drug itself, as well as almost everything you wanted to know about the newer drugs that you might not have known to even exsist. Allthough she tends to stick to the basics, Cynthia delivers a wide variety of knowledge that...
Published on March 10 1999
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Book That Breaks Through the Chaff,
This review is from: Buzzed 2e (Paperback)
As my review title states, this book targets an audience - one that wants to be well informed about drugs that are used and abused in our society.
What sets this book apart from so many others (most notably government-issued literature about recreational drugs) is that its language isn't dry, bureaucratic, and unappealing. Instead, the authors have successfully made their points about the uses and abuses of recreational drugs without boring the reader into submission. A book of this nature that is actually entertaining and enlightening to read is a breakthrough!
My one qualm with the book was with its lack of relevant informaton on steroids, which are definitely a drug that have been, and will continue to be, highly abused by many people the world over. The chapter on this drug class was brief and should have included more information about steroids from a user's point of view. However, it's worth noting that my library-issued copy was the 1998 version of the book, which has since been updated.
So, I have given this book a strong reveiw because, frankly, it deserves it; I was able to read the book cover to cover in about a day and a half without feeling any boredom. As a result I feel better informed and more confident with my knowledge about recreational drugs.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Primer On Many Aspects Of Addictive Substances,
By A Customer
I am a health care professional who just started working with patients in a hospital detox setting. This book was exactly what I was looking for as a review and primer on the effects different drugs had on the brain and body. The book is in two parts. Part one is basically a quick reference to the different classes of addictive substances, how they affect the brain, how the body disposes of them, the type of withdrawl someone will experience, etc. Part two covers some basics of neuropharmacology which you will need to understand some of the technical info in part one, and also goes into things as varied as the addictive process and social and legal issues involved with drug use. There is a good bibliography and a great index with many of the common street names for a variety of drugs and drug related activities.
I would highly reccommend this to anyone in health care, education, or any type of drug counseling or rehab. Great tool for patient/client/student education about drugs that is factual and easy to understand.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, unbiased information on recreational drugs,
I read this book as a casual user of marijuana, alcohol, and nicotine. This book has made me come to the realization that I will never use another illegal drug other than marijuana. I never knew the drugs that my classmates were using so carelessly were so destructive. What I like most about the book is the fact that the information is completely unbiased, and is just focused on giving you the straight facts. Information that you get from other, unreliable sources, such as Internet web sites, is so completely biased towards telling you how horrible drugs are, you begin to pick up that you are not being given the whole truth but rather what anti-drug people want you to believe. "Buzzed" gave me more incentive to never do hard drugs than those "unreliable" sources would ever have, even with their terrible drug horror stories. People are smart....just give them the information they need about something, and they will decide their actions from there. I reccomend this book to anyone taking any drugs (including marijuana, alcohol, or nicotine), or anyone considering taking a potentially dangerous recreational drug.
5.0 out of 5 stars This book gives the facts about drug use and abuse.,
By A Customer
I am a police officer in the Southwest portion of the United States. My department does not allow me to identify itself or myself for endorsement purposes. I purchased this book to evaluate whether it was pro-drug use or anti-drug use and to see if the contents could help me serve the public at a higher degree.
This book walks the thin line between the lines of pro-dug use, i.e. "Its okay, everybody does it" and "No, it won't hurt you silly ... its wonderful". To the anti-drug scare tactics of the past, i.e. "It will cause you to grow horns out of your forehead and breathe smoke out of your nostrils" and "You will go blind".
This book goes into detail how drugs effect the central nervous system. Much to my surprise this book does not take a stand on drug use (except those women who are pregnant or those women who are thinking of becoming pregnant). It keeps its objective outlook throughout the chapters. This book is good source for those people who are considering using drugs for recreational use, a person who has decided to spend their life chasing a destructive drug use lifestyle (seeking the ultimate high or trip), a curious person, or a concerned parent. (Read loser on the first two categories).
This book will explain how drugs impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle safety and how you can become a danger to yourself and others.
Read this book if you think it is "Kool" to use drugs in a manner inwhich they were not intended to be used or trying any recreational drug.
Please, if you make the decision to use drugs do not operate a motor vehicle and think of your family and friends. Remember, if you abuse drugs or miss use them you are hurting more than one person.
Thank you. Jesus loves you.
5.0 out of 5 stars BUZZED takes much of the mystery out of how drugs work!,
Understanding how drugs and alcohol work on the human body is an ongoing mystery for many people, whether citizens, students, or professionals working with drug/alcohol issues. Many traditional approaches include moralistic perspectives which, while helpful for some purposes, are not part of the human body's processing of these substances! BUZZED provides the facts, stripped of their moral and legal connotations, about how drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and other substances work on the human body. BUZZED is refreshing in that it explains, with the best understanding that we have today, HOW drugs work on the body, and WHY they work the way they do.
Refreshingly, BUZZED provides this information in a way which helps the reader understand these facts. The book provides an understanding of why people generally feel the way they do when using various substances, and provides information about the various dangers that may be associated.
I believe the book will be helpful for people of all ages and all walks of life. While many of the biochemical principles and details underlying substance use and abuse are extremely complex, BUZZED takes these and makes them understandable.
I find it particularly helpful to see this emphasis upon the brain chemistry, and how drugs are linked to the neurotransmitters that we are increasingly coming to understand and respect. My only critique of the book is that I wish it included references for further reading and more detailed elaboration.
I anticipate that drug and alcohol education approaches, such as those emphasized in BUZZED, will come to represent the best approaches to helping people, particularly young people, understand and respect these substances to a greater degree. I think it provides great promise for future changes in how we understand drugs and alcohol, and how we address this important issue as the United States and as a world culture.
David Anderson, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Center for the Advancement of Public Health, George Mason University - Fairfax, VA
3.0 out of 5 stars Must Check Out,
By A Customer
This book by Cynthia Kuhn is a must have for recreational drug usersand older generation alike. This book gives a detailed description about the drug itself, as well as almost everything you wanted to know about the newer drugs that you might not have known to even exsist. Allthough she tends to stick to the basics, Cynthia delivers a wide variety of knowledge that would be considered helpful to anyone wanting to know about any kind of drug they can think of. It also include information on the effect as well as the social rammifications. Her writing,while informitive, tends to get a little mechanical. If you are all about information and knowledge, then this is your book. Another good aspect of the book is that the information in it is up to date and relavent, unlike some books that only have the basic info. Buzzed did lack in a few catigories. One, I feel that the author lacks creativity. The way the facts are delivered is just as important as tha facts themselves. I find that while books that deliver the straight information are good, books that offer the information in new and unique way tend to hold the reader. I know that she was only writing to give people/kids a book that contained the facts that were relivent to todays generation, but to better project that message, she might have put it to us a different way. Also as a way that parents could find out what it is all about, so that they can better make judgements. In conclusion, if you want to know more about the drugs you are doing or just want to know more that this book is on you should check out, it delivers current and updated information on all the drugs you knew about of didn't know about.
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book -- it could save your life,
In a time where literature on illegal substance is usually limited to propaganda either for or against drugs, their legalization, etc.., this book provides a refreshing, unbiased account. The knowledge it provides on a drug's different effects on the body, the brain, one's emotional well-being, and its addictive potential prove to be invaluable. This is not a crusade against the use of substances, but it does not seek to glorify their use. Anyone planning on experimenting with any drug should at least read this book first. It allows an individual to weigh the risks from a more educated point of view as it dispels myths and delivers what it says it will: the straight facts.
I would urge everyone involved in this area from policy makers to other students to buy this book and read it. I finished it in two days, and I'm a better-informed, more careful thinker because of it.
Don't go to a party without it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Drug Recognition Experts should find it invaluable,
By A Customer
As a police officer (and Drug Recognition Expert), I found this book excellent. It provides real insight on both the scientific level and street use/abuse of some of the most common drugs. Each drug category is covered and special emphasis is given to particularly common drugs found on the street.
It breaks down each of these and discusses numerous aspects of the drugs: brief history, common/slang names, discussion on who the typical user would most likely be and in what setting, addictive potential, description of effects, potential side effects and overdose information. The authors write in a good style that ANYONE can relate to (without being talked down to). It does it in a style that is not judgemental but tries to remain nuetral for informational purposes.
Very insightful and highly recommended for anyone wishing to be better informed about drugs.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, Up-to-Date, Easily Readable,
This book reads a bit like a college-level health education text book and is not very technical, but it is an interesting read nevertheless. Each chapter discusses to varrying degrees the affects (positive and negative) of each drug class.
The authors go to great lenghts to claim that their information is completely unbiased. This clearly is not the case, but their opinions do not add much 'spin' to the book.
The information presented is very current (as of mid-1998).
Factual information is not very well documented: There are several items for which I would have liked to have the cited refernce, but they are not included.
This book will probablly be most appreciated by college students, high school students and teachers, and health care providers who do not have a strong scientific background.
5.0 out of 5 stars What educators and parents need to know.,
I am a deputy sheriff in a Southern California county of more than 2.5 million residents. For 3 years I have been educating children and adults about the dangers of drugs. Finding complete, factual information about drugs commonly abused was not an easy task. My search was complete when I read "BUZZED." No scare tactics, no outdated statistics, and complete information in both easy to understand language as well as scientific details. I believe it should be used as both a textbook and a reference source by law enforcement, educators and health care professionals. Since reading the book I have had the opportunity to speak to the authors who I find very accessible, knowledgeable and motivated to educate. I hope they will continue their research and I look forward to further editions.
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Buzzed 2e by Wilkie Wilson (Paperback - Sept. 30 2003)