Drugs - A comparison

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ALCOHOLAMPHETAMINE CANNABISCOCAINE OPIATESTOBACCO
HEART AND CIRCULATORY SYSTEMHeart tonic with regular light use (one drink a day). Temporary and permanent damage from moderate to heavy use. Hardening of arteries Increases heartrate. Constricts circulatory system. Causes premature hardening of arteries. Temporary constriction of bloodvessels. Slightly increased heartbeat, especially in inexperienced users. Bloodpressure lowered with regular use. Constricts circulatory system. Increases heartrate. Chronic use causes temporary damage. Lowers heartrate. Lowers bloodpressure. Impurities connected with temporary and permanent damage. Fluctuation in heartrate when used. Temporary and permanent damage to the heart. Hardening of arteries
LUNGSNoneNone Emphysema, cancer, increased susceptability to infection. Destruction of the mucus membranes with chronic use. Increased susceptability to infection. Smoking associated with emphysema, cancer, increased susceptability to infection. Emphysema, cancer, increased susceptability to infection.
LIVERCirrhosis, other degenerative diseases with any but light use. Degenerative diseases with chronic use. Impurities may cause immediate temporary or permanent damage. Minor metabolic changesDestruction of metabolite filtering abilities with chronic use. Degenerative diseases with chronic use. Impurities may cause permanent or temporary damage. Minor metabolic changes.
DIGESTIVE EXCRETORY SYSTEMUlcers, stomach and colon cancers. Problems associated with low fiber diets. Temporary damage caused by irregular eating patterns. Constipation. Settles stomach, used to relieve nausea from radiation and chemotherapy. Temporary damage caused by irregular eating patterns. Constipation. Individualized reactions such as constipation or looseness of bowels. Indigestion. Constipation.Stomach upset by occasional users. Laxative effect caused by nicotine.
APPETITE AND NUTRITIONHigh caloric value reduces appetite. Imbalanced diet and malnutrition, vitamin deficiencies, ulcers and disorders due to low fiber diet No appetite when intoxicated. Imbalanced diet, vitamin deficiencies, malnutrition result from 'fast and binge' lifestyle. Increased appetite shortly after smoking. No long range weight changes. Used to increase appetite due to chemotherapy or disease Little appetite when intoxicated. Imbalanced diet, vitamin deficiencies, malnutrition result from 'fast and binge' lifestyle. Weight gain with chronic use. Little appetite when intoxicated. Malnutrition, vitamin deficiency with chronic use. Reduced appetite.
BRAINDysfunction when intoxicated. Lowered sensitivity to stimulus. Poor muscle coordination. Loss of cells and memory with moderate to heavy use. Extreme dysfunction when addiction is not met. Stimulant when first administered. Depression as intoxication ends. Chronic use causes major brain dysfunctions including psychoses, paranoia, amnesia, belligerance, temporary and permanent damage. Dysfunction when intoxicated: loss of muscle coordination and lowered sensitivity to stimulus, alhough sensations appear more vivid. Stimulant when first administered. Depression as intoxication ends. Chronic use causes major brain dysfunctions including psychoses, paranoia, amnesia, belligerance, temporary and permanent damage. Dreaminess and loss of contact with outside stimuli when intoxicated. Impurities may cause temporary or permanent brain damage. Including symptoms mimicking Parkinson's disease. Dysfunction when intoxicated: loss of muscle coordination and lowered sensitivity to stimulus, especially with inexperienced users. Extreme dysfunction and craving when addiction to nicotine is not met.
SEXUALITYLowers inhibitions and stimulates tactile organs in small amounts. Larger quantities desensitize the senses but lower reasoning abilities. Desire is lowered during intoxication. Chronic users lose sexual interest. Seems to enhance the desire and experience. Enhances desire in some individuals but lowers tactile sensitivity and ability to perform. Desire is lowered during intoxication. Chronic users lose sexual interest. None
FERTILITYModerate to heavy use lowers undamaged sperm count and causes irregular menses. Lower undamaged sperm count. Irregular or lack of menses in habitual users. Lower undamaged sperm count and irregular menses. Dose related. NoneNoneLower undamaged sperm count.
FETAL DEVELOPMENTCauses 'fetal alcohol syndrome' which includes brain and central nervous system damage, poor muscular control, problems with internal organs if used at all during first two trimesters. Lower infant weight at birth, nervous system damage. Internal organ irregularities. Increases rate of spontaneous abortion. Lower infant weight at birth. Lower infant weight at birth, nervous system damage. Internal organ irregularities. Lower infant weight at birth. Nervous system damage. Lower infant weight at birth. Central nervous system damage.
PSYCHOLOGICAL DEPENDENCYExtreme dependency in about 10 % of general population. Moderate dependency in others. Extreme dependency in small proportion of population. Moderate dependency in about 5 % of population. Extreme dependency in small proportion of population. Extreme dependency in small proportion of population. Extreme dependency in large minority of general population.
PHYSICAL ADDICTIVENESSModerately addictive. Major changes in cell metabolism of habitual users. Long withdrawal period. Physical addiction moderately easy to break. Moderate addictiveness. Long withdrawal period. No physical addiction.Moderate to high addictive. Major changes in cell metabolism. Short withdrawal period. Low to highly addictive changes in cell metabolism. Short withdrawal period. Very addictive. Major changes in cell metabolism of habitual users. Physical addiction difficult to break. Long withdraval period.
SOCIAL BEHAVIOURUnpredictable behaviour during intoxication including social withdrawal, belligerance, depression, irrational behavior. Belligerance. Short temper. Paranoia, amnesia. Alienation from general population. Withdrawal spaciness. Belligerance. Short temper. Paranoia. Withdrawal, disinterest in environment.None
MINIMUM LETHAL DOSE AND TOLERANCE Tolerance increases quickly, high lethal dose, even in inexperient users. Tolerance increases at moderate rate. Amount needed for intoxication approaches lethal dose eventually. Tolerance increases slowly. No known lethal dose. Tolerance increases very quickly. High lethal dose. Tolerance increases moderately. Amount needed for intoxication increases moderately. Amount needed for lethal dose increases quickly. Inexperienced users are at a much greater risk. Tolerance increases quickly. High lethal dose.
DEATHS WORLDWIDEMillions yearly. Mostly caused by heart and liver diseases, accidents and belligerance. Relatively few fatal doses. Thousands yearly. Mostly caused by belligerance and irrational behavior. Thousands yearly. Mostly caused by police actions and accidents. Thousand yearly. Mostly caused by financial disputes, belligerance, irrational behavior and accidents. A few dose related deaths. Tens of thousand yearly. Many dose related deaths. Also financial disputes, robberies and violent crime. Millions yearly. Mostly caused by lung cancer, emphysema, heart disease, reduced resistance to infections and a few by fire.