News this morning carried a piece about the rise in alcohol related deaths in UK. Concerns about these matters are heard – much wider than UK. I am re-posting this because we hear about consequences, and social emotional speculations, but we so seldom hear about the effects in the brain, especially those of use in adolescence while brains are still developing. Socio-emotional science anyone?
I was saddened this week to read of the coroner’s verdict on the death of Cory Monteith. The 31-year-old talented actor and performer had been plagued by substance abuse problems long before his Hollywood days and had voluntarily checked himself into rehab in March where he completed a 30-day program.
Heroin and alcohol – a potentially lethal mix
Over the past two decades I have visited high schools and colleges to talk on how addictive drugs including heroin and alcohol affect the brain and it still amazes me how little the general public understand how these potentially lethal drugs work.
The post mortem showed the Cory’s death was due to a combination of heroin and alcohol intake. Both heroin and alcohol have similar effects on the brain. They both elevate mood, lower heart rate and put your brain into a sleepy inattentive state. Heroin and alcohol are what’s called narcotics…
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