drugs

For me, one of the biggest appeals of the fields of psychology and neuroscience is their ability to answer what is, I think, the biggest question in science: why do we behave the way we do? It seems to me that the answer lies not in the wiring of our brains, but in the...

The term ‘county lines’ refers to the trafficking of illegal drugs from one area to another, often across police and local authorities, usually by children or vulnerable people who are coerced into it by gangs. This eponymous film debut by director Henry Blake is a compelling...

I am on the phone with Peter Krykant (pictured, above), a Drug Worker from Glasgow who has just opened the UK’s first and only drug consumption room. We talk about the overdose crisis: what it means in Northern Ireland, what it means in Glasgow. He informs me of the recent...

Green tea has no caffeine
This one really depends on your brewing technique. Green and black tea leaves on average contain similar amounts of caffeine, so again it comes down to personal preference – the amount of caffeine that makes it into your cuppa...

We've trawled through our archive to find the best articles in The Psychologist and in the Research Digest on psychology and drugs...

A brave new world for...

In the book you discuss the effects of, and myths associated with, 24 different drugs including legal substances like alcohol, coffee and cigarettes, and illegal substances including cannabis, MDMA and cocaine. I’m guessing it wasn’t too hard finding...

This powerful hard-hitting documentary made headlines after broadcasting last week, for exposing the cruel reality of the UK drug culture. The programme highlights the crisis the youth of today face – children as young as 11 being targeted, corrupted and exploited by criminal...

Felix Van Groegningen’s Beautiful Boy tempts you to search for blame, and blame would make for more comfortable viewing. It tells the story of a father’s experience of his son’s addiction. Neither father nor son are...

Have you ever taken magic mushrooms? Many people have, for fun. But the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College takes psychedelic drugs seriously. The group studies the action of psychedelic drugs in the brain, and their clinical utility. And in particular, their...

Two polarised views of addiction, and the seemingly endless dispute between them, go way back. The ‘moral’ view, emerging from pre-industrial times, is that what we would now call addictive behaviour represents a free choice, similar to all the other apparently autonomous...