Drugs Without the Hot Air

Minimising the Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs

by David Nutt

Series: Without the Hot Air

From health to family to society, this informative exploration takes an evidence-based view of all the factors involved in drug use. Applying the same objective criteria to legal and illegal substances, an argument is made that legality is not a clear measure for harm. Tackling a variety of questions, such as Which is more harmful—Ecstasy or alcohol? Can addiction be cured? and Does the "War on Drugs" have serious unintended effects that can hurt children?, this analysis equips readers with the ability to make educated decisions regarding drugs both personally and in their communities. Broadening the scope of the discussion, a framework is explored for formulating national drug policies that will minimize a myriad of harms—social, medical, criminal, financial, and environmental.


  • UIT Cambridge Ltd.; August 2012
  • ISBN: 9781906860608
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  • Title: Drugs Without the Hot Air
  • Series: Without the Hot Air
  • Author: David Nutt
  • Imprint: UIT Cambridge Ltd.

About The Author

Professor David Nutt, infamous as ‘the government drug advisor who got sacked’ after his outspoken comments on the relative dangers of various drugs, is a well-respected psychiatrist in the field of psychopharmacology who has written for several learned journals including the ‘Journal of psycho pharmacology’ and ‘The Lancet’. David Nutt is a writer and a psychiatrist in the field of psychopharmacology. He is the author of Drugs and the Future, Handbook of Anxiety and Fear, The Neurobiology of Addiction, and Sleep Disorders and has written articles for the Journal of Psychopharmacology and the Lancet.