Ch 16: Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs

About This Chapter

Use our online video lessons and quizzes to learn about alcohol, drug, and tobacco use. Find out about the risks associated with tobacco, the treatment of alcoholism, and the six categories of drugs.

Alcohol, Tobacco, & Other Drugs - Chapter Summary

This chapter will teach you about the use of alcohol in the United States, the effects of alcohol on the body, and the causes and treatments for alcoholism. You will also learn about the use of tobacco, the social and political issues surrounding tobacco, and the effects of smoking on the smoker and others. By the end of the chapter, you will also have covered:

  • The six classifications of drugs
  • Methods of drug administration
  • Common illegal drugs
  • Drug interactions and actions in the body

Our video presentations on alcohol, drug, and tobacco abuse are taught by experienced and informed instructors. In addition to the videos, this chapter includes lesson transcripts. Self-assessment quizzes allow you to test your own knowledge of this important subject, and you can also use the video tags to revisit the major points of the lessons.

14 Lessons in Chapter 16: Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
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Alcohol Use in the United States: Trends in Consumption

1. Alcohol Use in the United States: Trends in Consumption

You more than likely have had alcohol once in your life. At least that's what statistics point to. In fact, this lesson will be chock full of statistics about alcohol use and abuse in the United States.

The Effects of Alcohol: Physiological, Behavioral & Long-Term

2. The Effects of Alcohol: Physiological, Behavioral & Long-Term

If you've ever wondered why men seem to tolerate alcohol better than women or what alcohol does to the body and mind, then tune into this lesson for more information.

Alcoholism: Causes, Symptoms, Effects & Treatment

3. Alcoholism: Causes, Symptoms, Effects & Treatment

Alcohol can be a really terrible thing when it is abused. The problems it causes do not just damage the user but their friends, family, and society as a whole. You'll learn about why alcoholism occurs and how it can be addressed.

Tobacco Use in the United States: Trends in Consumption

4. Tobacco Use in the United States: Trends in Consumption

This lesson will discuss important statistics related to smoking, including how age, ethnicity, education, and geographic location influence tobacco use, as well as the financial and health-related implications of smoking.

The Social and Political Issues of Tobacco Use

5. The Social and Political Issues of Tobacco Use

We often think about the fact that smoking is something we should worry about with respect to cancer, but political, social, and religious concerns are just as important when it comes to this deadly habit. Learn about how these concerns are related to smoking in this lesson.

Tobacco Use: Addiction and Short-Term Effects

6. Tobacco Use: Addiction and Short-Term Effects

In this lesson, you will learn about why it is that smoking is so addictive and what the short-term consequences of tobacco use will result in. You will also find out how nicotine plays an important role in all of this.

Smoking: Long-Term Consequences

7. Smoking: Long-Term Consequences

In this lesson, we will look at why smoking is so harmful to your health from a chemical perspective. After that, we will discuss exactly what smoking causes in the long run. You'll be surprised to learn that lung cancer is the least of your concerns.

Smoking: Effects on Others & the Environment

8. Smoking: Effects on Others & the Environment

This lesson will hopefully dispel some myths surrounding secondhand smoke and how it affects people who do not smoke. You'll even learn about the fact that there are two different kinds of secondhand smoke.

Types of Drugs: Classifications & Effects

9. Types of Drugs: Classifications & Effects

This lesson will describe the six major classes of psychoactive drugs, give examples of substances in each class, and explain what they cause a person to experience in the short-term and the long-term.

Routes of Drug Administration: Oral, Topical, Inhalation & Injection

10. Routes of Drug Administration: Oral, Topical, Inhalation & Injection

The way by which illicit drugs can be administered or taken into the body are numerous. These routes include the oral route, transdermal, inhalation, and intravenous injection.

Common Illegal Drugs and Their Names

11. Common Illegal Drugs and Their Names

The names law enforcement may formally use for illicit substances aren't likely to be the names of the drugs out on the streets. This lesson will teach you about some famous drugs and their more common street names.

Drug Interactions With Other Drugs & Activity Within the Body

12. Drug Interactions With Other Drugs & Activity Within the Body

Drugs can affect your body in quite a few ways. You'll learn about how they affect you and how they interact with one another to affect you by learning about tolerance, cross-tolerance, the additive effect, synergism, potentiation, and antagonism.

Peer Pressure, Drugs & Drinking

13. Peer Pressure, Drugs & Drinking

This lesson will discuss peer pressure, how it is generally defined, and the impact it has on drugs and drinking. Some statistics will be reviewed and strategies for resisting peer pressure will be listed.

Solutions to Drug Abuse in Schools

14. Solutions to Drug Abuse in Schools

In this lesson, we will look at the National Institutes of Health recommended practices for implementing school-wide solutions that could be used to help combat drug addiction.

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