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DRUGS & ADDICTIONS: SOME THINGS YOU MIGHT KNOW, A LOT OF THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT (Psychology and Health Book 3)
DRUGS & ADDICTIONS: SOME THINGS YOU MIGHT KNOW, A LOT OF THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT (Psychology and Health Book 3)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A meaningful discussion, flawed by questionable sources, 30 May 2014
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Mr Savva's book, while interesting to read, doesn't seem to really know what it wants to do. His summaries on the nature of addictions are very descriptive and offer a lot of information about the signs and treatments of addicts. This seems to suggest he knows what he's talking about. But his individual chapters on each of the most common types of drugs would suggest otherwise, with a lot of the information he provides being highly questionable in terms of validity.

Much of this problem is that he doesn't reference any facts, leaving the reader to interpret a lot of what he says as possibly being his own personal opinion. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, for Mr Savva is entitled to his own thoughts and views, and he presents some compelling cases against each of the drugs. But the title of the book would suggest that the subject matter would comprise of an analytical view on drugs based on real scientific evidence, and not mere speculation, and this was a huge disappointment.

He presents a very one-sided take, which is not a bad thing in itself, but the information he provides us with is things that we've all heard before. A lot of the information feels like it was taken solely from anti-drug advocates, whose sole purpose is to combat drug use through fear rather than scientific fact and understanding. That's not to say that the information provided isn't true, but again without proper references the reader has no idea how to interpret it.

Unfortunately, there were certain passages that were clearly lifted from anti-drug propaganda, particularly in the description on the effects certain drugs have on human behaviour. Some of these descriptions I know for a fact are false, having read research papers that clearly debunk them. Again, I understand why Mr Savva wanted to include them in his book, but I feel his one-sided argument resulted in missing out on the bigger picture at times, particularly in relation to the psychotherapeutic nature that some drugs may possess.

The book itself is well worded and won't alienate anyone who isn't from a scientific or psychiatrical background, but the actual structure is a little inconsistent with itself. A lot of the information is repeated across the chapters and the constant explanation of the subject of each chapter felt unnecessary. The book itself came over like a guided tour rather than a formal account or story.

For the price, this book offers some decent insight into the nature of drugs and drug addictions. The target audience does appear to be parents, for the text often refers to the teenage demographic, but the book should appeal to anyone with an interest in the subject. I would, however, recommend that any stated facts are treated as speculation, until at least the author is able to prove they are scientifically sound through the use of proper references.


Smiffy's Penguin Costume with Bow Tie - Adult, One Size
Smiffy's Penguin Costume with Bow Tie - Adult, One Size
Price: £27.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Seems to be a perfect costume, 19 Feb. 2014
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Bought this for a friend to wear and he seemed to be very happy with it. Claims it is comfortable to wear and keeps him warm (sometimes too warm if he's moving around too much inside it).
The costume has survived multiple washes without any visible fading so it's good for multiple uses.

Only problem with the product is that he insists on wearing it for everyday use.


Poly Dice Set, Red, 7 Polyhedron Dice Set D4 D6 D8 D10 D12 D20 D00
Poly Dice Set, Red, 7 Polyhedron Dice Set D4 D6 D8 D10 D12 D20 D00
Offered by Ashton Gaming
Price: £2.12

5.0 out of 5 stars They work..., 19 Feb. 2014
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The dice all roll correctly and do not appear to be weighted.
One slight issue in that the D10 was scratched on a few of the faces (noticeable as this left white streaks) however for the price of the whole set this was not a problem (and the dice faces were still readable anyway).


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5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable and practical, 19 Feb. 2014
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Bought this as part of a Halloween costume therefore I can't comment on it's suitability for lab-based environments however it was a decent fit and comfortable to wear (sleeves covered the correct proportion of the arm, pockets at the right height etc).

Be warned if using it with fluids that stain however as they pass through the coat quite easily and will likely stain the clothes you are wearing underneath.


Poly Dice Set, White, 7 Polyhedron Dice Set D4 D6 D8 D10 D12 D20 D00
Poly Dice Set, White, 7 Polyhedron Dice Set D4 D6 D8 D10 D12 D20 D00
Offered by Ashton Gaming
Price: £2.12

5.0 out of 5 stars They work..., 19 Feb. 2014
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The dice roll well and do not seem to be weighted. Numbers can be read clearly.
Perfect quality considering the low price.


New Black Heat Holder Socks for men (Size 6-11)
New Black Heat Holder Socks for men (Size 6-11)
Offered by Sock Snob Ltd
Price: £5.97

4.0 out of 5 stars Very effective but short-lived, 19 Feb. 2014
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Bought these to wear on my feet while working at my desk. I noticed the warmth immediately and ended up wearing them everyday as a second pair of socks. Unfortunately they only last about two months, however this was through continuous daily wear (I essentially used them as slippers).

For the price this isn't necessarily a bad thing as they will last all through the coldest part of the winter season (and would probably last longer if they were sparingly used). Most importantly however they were very comfortable and did exactly what they were supposed to do.

Only downside is they start to 'disintegrate' after excess wear causing black fluff to be deposited round the house.


Mega Sour Apple Bombs (Extreemely Sour) 250 gram bag (1/4 kilo)
Mega Sour Apple Bombs (Extreemely Sour) 250 gram bag (1/4 kilo)
Offered by Chocolate Buttons
Price: £3.73

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very sour but otherwise very little flavour, 19 Feb. 2014
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Ordered this following a sudden craving for something sour. On this basis the sweet did not disappoint. It is extremely sour as advertised. Unfortunately the sourness only applies to the powder coating the sweet and what remains is a rather bland experience of what is supposed to be an apple sweet.

Worth buying if you're looking for the 'sour' experience though somewhat disappointing if you wanted the 'apple-flavoured' sweet.


Eastbound and Down - Complete HBO Season 2 [DVD] [2011]
Eastbound and Down - Complete HBO Season 2 [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Danny McBride
Offered by The Happy Zombie
Price: £5.04

5.0 out of 5 stars Tasteless but Incredibly Funny, 22 Oct. 2013
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Such is the character of Kenny Powers that it takes just 10 seconds from when you first meet him to decide whether you like him or not. I happen to fall into the 'like' category for reasons that probably make me a very bad person. Season 2 kicks off a few months after the events of Season 1, with Kenny now hiding out in Mexico having stolen Steve's identity and making a living as a cock fighter.

It plays very much to the same formula as the first season, in that Kenny pretty much charges his way through each event life throws at him thinking he is the superior being but it's still very compelling to watch and still very very funny. It's definitely as strong as the first season and you may actually sympathise with Kenny more in this season, just be prepared to laugh at things you shouldn't be laughing at.


HDMIKing- 2 Meter (6.6 ft) HDMI KING Gold Plated, High Speed HDMI to HDMI Cable with Ferrite Cores [Fuss-Free Packaging]
HDMIKing- 2 Meter (6.6 ft) HDMI KING Gold Plated, High Speed HDMI to HDMI Cable with Ferrite Cores [Fuss-Free Packaging]

5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and really practical, 22 Oct. 2013
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Bought this for a friend after they told me they paid £75 for one in the shops.
Not sure how much the quality suffers between this and one of the 'upmarket' models but it seems to do the trick just fine (for PS3 and laptop-to-TV) and I've noticed no dip in viewing quality.


Thomson WHP3001BK Radio UHF Wireless Headphones - Black
Thomson WHP3001BK Radio UHF Wireless Headphones - Black
Offered by liGo
Price: £31.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Picked up a lot of white noise, 22 Oct. 2013
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The headphones were great, with the sound quality as you would expect for something of this price and they are comfy to wear, but they did seem to pick up a lot of interference.
I had a feeling that it was due to the Wireless Internet Network within my house, so I turned it off. While the problem was not as bad, it did still persist to some degree (perhaps due to the wireless networks of those around me).


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