Fact Sheets


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Alcohol is an intoxicating substance made from fermented starches. It is the most widely used psychoactive, or mood-changing, recreational drug in Australia. 

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Cocaine is a short-acting stimulant and takes effect by increasing the amount of neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) such as dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine.


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‘Ecstasy’ is the street term commonly used for tablets containing MDMA, or 3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine. It possesses both stimulant and hallucinogenic properties.