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Product Details

  • Series: Without the Hot Air
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: UIT Cambridge Ltd. (August 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906860165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906860165
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"David Nutt is one of those rare scientists with a dual talent for making the complex accessible and for telling a great story. The result is so much more than a cornucopia of information and evidence about drugs, it's also a thoroughly engaging read."  —Public Health Today (June 2012)


"Drugs Without the Hot Air: the most sensible book about drugs you'll read this year. Cambridge's UIT Press has established a well-deserved reputation for publishing clear, engaging, evidence-based books on controversial subjects. Like the other writers in the series, Nutt is both committed to rigorous, evidence-based policy and to clear, no-nonsense prose that makes complex subjects comprehensible."  —www.BoingBoing.net


"Finally, Drug Education Gets Real- There's an inherent danger in any sector of education: if the teachings fail to measure up to the truth, then we'll be paving the way for a deep distrust and a greater apathy. With this in mind, it is of tremendous enthusiasm that we welcome Professor Nutt's book: Drugs Without the Hot Air."  —www.HuffingtonPost.co.uk


"Personally, I'll be picking up this book, not because I am some crazy drug user who wants everything to be legalized, but because I like to think that taking the pragmatic road, is, well, pragmatic and effective. . . . But this isn't about marijuana, or any drug in particular. It's about the problems associated with paying less heed to research and science at the societal level."  —www.WallStreetOasis.com


"This hugely accessible book should be required reading for all who have concerns about the use of recreational drugs. . . . I cannot praise this book enough."  —Pharmaceutical Journal (July 2012)


"Professor Nutt's rational, cool-headed approach is surely the right one. . . . There is plenty of data to analyse and Professor Nutt's approach works well. His conclusion that alcohol is one of the most harmful drugs available may surprise some."  —The Economist


"An intelligent and entertaining book that takes a broad view of the use and abuse of drugs, legal and illegal. Nutt acknowledges . . . dangers [of cannabis] while placing them in the context of other dangerous substances, like alcohol." —www.NationalReview.com

About the Author

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.

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Book is just a hair too technical to be a quick and easy read.
Chuck B
I would highly recommend this book for people who wish to understand the facts about drugs without the sensationalism.
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He shows that the 'War on Drugs' does far more harm than good.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Thompson on September 6, 2012
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David Nutt answered all my questions about drugs - how they work, why people take them and what we can do about it. If you want the truth, the facts and clear, sane responses to drug policy, this book is for you. The only question that will remain after reading it is "why is our policy on drugs so wrong-headed?".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rodger Shepherd on October 10, 2012
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Reviewer Waterman points out some unsettling flaws in Nutt's book. However, I still recommend this book for its overall approach which emphasizes the comprehensive harm assessment of drugs - including alcohol and tobacco. Comprehesive harm includes not only the impact on the user but also the cost to society under current laws. From this very useful perspective it becomes clear that alcohol is our number one "drug problem", and society's experience in dealing with this problem is very instructive. Heroin and crack cocaine are problems number two and three, and the criminalization of these drugs has clearly failed to minimize their harm. Nutt goes on to consider the comprehensive harm done by another 17 "drugs". The disconnect between each drug's comprehensive harm and western society's criminalization of the use of the drug is striking. Nutt makes a convincing case for a more pragamatic and less moralistic approach to minimizing the harm of drugs. His arguments are extensive and well organized. If you suspect that there must be a better way to approach society's "drug problem" but need a framework for exploring alternatives, then this book is worth reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dani on April 1, 2013
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it really is abook every body should read, it really help understand human behavior, and how we relate to drugs.
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Very through book and a unique way of looking at the actual "damage" of "drugs". In accessing the actual damage to ourselves, others and society as a whole, one needs to really look at the end result. For example, our society has many legal activities that are extremely dangerous, sky diving, extreme sports, horseback riding, skiing that we continue to allow our citizens to do. Other activities that are consensual, or have low potential for harm to self and others are illegal. When you make a consistent measurement of harm to self, others or society and apply it uniformly across the spectrum it quickly makes clear the inconsistencies on which many of our laws concerning drug use are based. For example, far more people die from the use of prescription medication than will ever be harmed by using cannabis. Science already available that show that four of the most dangerous drugs available are alcohol, tobacco, sugar and caffeine are widely available and for the most part available to anyone, at any age who wants them. As a matter of fact, tobacco, sugar and products containing caffeine are directly marketed to children.
This suggests to two possible hypothesis to me. One that our drug policies are not based on any scientific standard of potential damage but on the moral standards of those who for religious or cultural reasons, consider adult recreational substance use to be wrong and immoral in the eyes of their god. Two that our drug policies are manipulated to favor producers and vendors of substances which, while unhealthy and destructive to our citizens, produce enormous profits at the expense of the health of our citizens and our society.
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Professor David Nutt has created one of the most accessible books to date on reducing the harms of legal and illegal drugs. "Drugs Without the Hot Air" is an examination on basic types of drugs; such as stimulants, depressants, opiates and psychedelics. Dr. Nutt does an exceedingly good job at being as politically unbiased as possible throughout the book. He doesn't care if a drug is Class A (Schedule 1 here in the US) or legalized, he only cares about the science behind it's relative harm to the user and society as a whole.

While he was on the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) he created a list of sixteen different types of harm with which drugs would be rated on, and the results are fairly surprising for the uninitiated. With this framework in mind he is able to give a wonderful examination into our government's insane scheduling of drugs. He is eager to point out that we already have two drugs that have have no medical benefit legalized for recreational use (tobacco and alcohol), as a society we are unwilling to admit our faults in hastily demonizing drugs that have potential therapeutic uses, such as MDMA , psilocybin and LSD.

Whether you're a casual drug user, an opponent of the ware on the drugs, a concerned parent with kids coming of age, or merely curious to learn more about the multitude of drugs out there; this is one of the best books available on the subject.
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By Chuck B on July 14, 2014
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Book is just a hair too technical to be a quick and easy read. It does raise some valid points in the War on Drugs that we simply do not hear about.
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Drugs generate heated and passionate feelings and arguments. The author covers the field in an accessible and compassionate manner. Given the clear evidence that the war on drugs has resulted in more harm than good alternative strategies are provided for addressing the problem. Despite being sidelined by politics, Nutt continues to make profound contributions to our understanding of drugs and the problems of addiction.
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