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"Drugs" And Australian Laws Essay

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Self explanitory, fairly big in nice numbering system. got a good mark. its based on australian laws by the way.[1.] IntroductionDrugs have been, and always will be a controversial issue in today's culture. They are the cause of a lot of debate and disagreement among many people in today's culture, and are a major influential force in countries all over the world today. In this assessment I will be talking about many different issues raised concerning drugs in our society.[2.] AlcoholAlcohol is a depressant drug and not a stimulant as many people think. Small quantities of alcohol cause people to become relaxed and lower their inhibitions. They feel more confident and often act in a more talkative manner. In larger quantities depressants can cause unconsciousness and death.[2.1] Use in AustraliaAlcohol is the most widely used drug in Australia. People drink to relax, celebrate and have fun. Alcohol is part of most social occasions. One in two Australians (aged 20 to 59 years) drink alcohol at least once per week. In 1997 Australia had the second highest per capita consumption of absolute alcohol of the English speaking nations. In 1997, over 3,600 Australians died due to the effects of alcohol. This represents 16% of all drug-related deaths and 2.8% per cent of all deaths in Australia. Over two-thirds of teenagers were recent drinkers (consumed in last 12 months), with 3 in every 10 being regular drinkers (at least one day per week) and 4 in every 10 being occasional drinkers (less than one day per week). Male teenagers (33%) were more likely than female teenagers (27%) to be regular drinkers.[2.2] EffectsThe effects of any drug (including alcohol) differ from person to person. It depends on many factors such as how much you drink, how quickly the alcohol is consumed and whether the alcohol is consumed with other drugs. It also depends on whether you are used to drinking, your mood and many other factors such as age, weight, sex and general health status. For Example young people tend to drink alcohol less regularly than adults, they experience many of the immediate effects more strongly.[2.3] LawsPeople under 18 are breaking the law if they buy alcohol, receive or get hold of alcohol, drink alcohol in a hotel or public place. But the law is not broken if a person under 18 drinks alcohol while having a meal on a licensed premise with a parent or guardian. Neither is the law broken when alcohol is consumed at home or in someone else's home. Alcohol use is legal for those 18 or over. However, there are laws governing how alcohol can be used. Hotels must not serve alcohol to people they believe are drunk, or people under 18. Heavy penalties apply for breaking these laws.[3.] TobaccoThere are over 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, many of which are poisonous, and 43, which have been proven to contain chemicals, which can cause cancer. Smokers typically experience shortness of breath, persistent coughs, reduced fitness, yellow stains on fingers and...

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