There’s a difference between the people who see what you do and the people who see you. The former only understand a sliver of the situation and draw conclusions from what they perceive. The latter know you well enough to understand your motivations, or at least understand when there’s more to the story than what they see. Those are the opinions that matter. Not those of the people who only see a piece of the puzzle and decide they understand the whole situation, but the ones who have watched you put the entire thing together and recognize the bigger picture.
WHERE DOES JUDGEMENT COME FROM?
1. A LACK OF UNDERSTANDING
What are recreational drugs?
A few hadn’t noticed an increased risk of having a seizure when they were drinking, but rather that seizures were more likely the next day if they had a hangover. One man said, because of his medication, he is sick easily when he has a hangover, even if he hasn’t drunk very much. It is then possible to throw up epilepsy tablets and not get their full effect, which can be risky.
Some people were annoyed that they had to cut down their drinking, or not drink at all, because it made them more likely to have seizures or because alcohol didn’t agree with their medication. A couple of people felt that not being able to drink had a negative impact on their social life, especially at university. A few people had felt peer-pressure to drink alcohol, especially when they were younger, and some had lost friends after they were diagnosed and trying to live a more regular lifestyle. One woman said’
Effects of alcohol on mood and depression
Generally, people said they were fine as long as they stuck to what they felt was their “safe limit” or drank “moderately”. Drinking “too much” made depression much worse. They pointed out that initially a couple of drinks made them feel better but after a few more, they felt a lot worse. One woman described alcohol as “a natural downer” so she’d stopped drinking. Some said going out and drinking lifted their moods and they were fine “when drinking” but that they felt “million times worse” the next day.
Steroids change the central nervous system sensitivity to cannabis
Using alcohol and steroids concurrently adds aggressiveness
There is no safe level of drug use
The overall evidence to demonstrate the benefits of anabolic steroids to significantly improve athletic performance is limited.7 Generally speaking however, some research has investigated peoples’ experiences after using anabolic steroids or other performance and image enhancing drugs. This research shows that people who use anabolic steroids experience an increase in muscle strength.8
People may use anabolic steroids in what they believe to be a healthy lifestyle context. They may not see themselves as injecting drug users. However, there are risks associated with using steroids without a prescription or medical supervision, even as part of a fitness training program.
In the worst case, long-term heavy steroid use can lead to heart attack, stroke and death9, especially among men aged in their early 30s who combine steroids with stimulant drugs, such as speed and ecstasy.3, 10, 11
Anabolic steroids affect everyone differently. The following may be experienced:
- water retention – leading to facial bloating
- acne – leading to permanent scarring
- irritability and mood swings
- more frequent colds
- aggression and violence
- increased sex drive
- sleeping difficulties.3,12
Longer-term effects may include:
- liver damage
- kidney or prostate cancer
- high blood pressure
- cardiovascular complications
- tendon/ ligament damage.3
- reduced sperm count and fertility
- shrunken testicles
- gynaecomastia (developing breasts)
- involuntarily and long-lasting erection.3
How do anabolic steroids affect the brain?
Both anabolic steroids and cocaine are drugs of abuse. Most anabolic steroids are classified by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as Schedule III controlled substances, whereas cocaine is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance. This classification indicates that steroids are considered to have more appropriate medicinal uses and less prone to abuse than cocaine; however, both drugs have a significant potential for abuse and for the development of physical or psychological dependence.