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Why do people take drugs and drink alcohol?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
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In brief: Modulate emotions

People may start drinking and using drugs from curiosity, and then discover that they like the effects -- at least temporarily.
Could be a craving for novelty, and a way to modulate painful emotion. In some, sporadic drug and alcohol use turn into full substance abuse and/or dependence -- taking over life, endangering health, and destroying relationships, work, and hope. The shift can be quick.

In brief: Modulate emotions

People may start drinking and using drugs from curiosity, and then discover that they like the effects -- at least temporarily.
Could be a craving for novelty, and a way to modulate painful emotion. In some, sporadic drug and alcohol use turn into full substance abuse and/or dependence -- taking over life, endangering health, and destroying relationships, work, and hope. The shift can be quick.
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