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Product Details

  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,760 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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A great selection of articles on the pros and cons of drugs legislation.
Ian
I would highly recommend this book for people who wish to understand the facts about drugs without the sensationalism.
cathal kennedy
This book has so much information to offer and is done so in a readable and exciting way.
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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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No criticisms, only praise for this book ! If world drug policy were as rational as this book, society, culture,and life in general would be better for all. But, sadly , there are so many misguided governmental and social policies in place, along with the abysmal ignorance of the average person, that there's going to be a long uphill progression toward balanced humanistic thinking about all things related to drugs. If you haven't read the book, no matter how well informed you think you are, you're still ignorant. I was shocked when I realized how little I actually knew before the reading of Drugs-without the hot air.
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By Bryan on September 10, 2013
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While the author is anything but unbiased, he doesn't bias his facts. In fact, his bias is against sensationalism and the media determining drug policy - that is to say, he's not biased towards or against drugs, he is biased towards using facts and evidence to determine policies rather than impressions from unreliable sources. Whether or not you agree with the policy suggestions he has, the information on various drugs and how drugs interact with the human body is valuable, and he clearly separates his opinions on policy from the facts on drugs.

All in all, one of the most reliable sources of information you can get on this topic.
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By Lampros Samartzis on September 7, 2013
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Τhis book tells the truth and clarifies the field. It is required for the health professional as well as for the drug user.
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By Sudden Disruption on September 6, 2013
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Our national drug policy is upside down, as is England's. This work explains how and why. It has some very good data on true social harm as well as the human aspects of addiction. It should be required reading for ALL politicians.
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I would highly recommend this book for people who wish to understand the facts about drugs without the sensationalism. A remarkable achievement.
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