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Lecture 2

PCS 181 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Gateway Drug Theory

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PCS 181
Raffi Karshafian

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Risky Drinking Slide
- Incapable of driving and your fine motor skills are uncompromised
- Generally, it takes an hour to digest or metabolise alcohol
o If youre drinking a standard drink/hour, you wont get intoxicated but a greater number
of drinks will get you drunk
- No health benefits of alcohol
o Only middle age benefits creates relaxation and at ease
Can help you to sleep
More profound in middle aged people
Theres a limit for [OH] benefit but after that, it becomes aversive
Why people drink
- Read chapter 1 exam ***
Example two sons of an addict
- One is an alcoholic and the other was not both were asked why do you drink?
o One : I saw my dad
o Two : As I saw my dad drinking I dont want to drink
o Example of a learning model both sons were exposed but both have different
perceptions though
These models are built upon each other
Public model tries to integrate everything
- Host are at the top
- Agent (alcohol)
- Environment (social learning)
Why do some people drink or use drugs?
1. The reward/pleasure and experience for the first time
Why do some people use more alcohol or drugs?
1. Tolerance can increase and you need a greater consumption to feel the same desired effects
Why would some people continue to use it?
1. Withdrawal, dependence
Each model can explain the addiction paradox describe the addiction paradox ** exam (each answer
is right but be prepared to explain it)
- Each person is different, some fail to stop, some dont etc.
Any logical mind can be addicted
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