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The drugs don’t work

By Tom Chatfield  

An interesting review of the psychological and biographical background to the drug and alcohol addictions of musicians can be found at the BPS Research digest blog. Like many with a liberal bent to their social attitudes, I’ve always instinctually revolted against the idea that a substance (be it alcohol or cocaine) should be treated as bad per se. I don’t believe there are immoral molecules out there, waiting to pollute the otherwise virgin terrain of our psyches with their wickedness, and I certainly don’t believe that the existing laws on these matters are either consistent or especially righteous.

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