I think understanding how drugs and alcohol
affect people is a very important topic and would
make an interesting report. First off it is
important to know that there are numerous studies
on these topics, so narrowing down your interests
would be very helpful. Are you more interested
in understanding drug effects or alcohol effects?
You may even want to narrow it down further,
for example are you interested in a particular
type of drug, such as sleeping pills, or a
particular type of alcohol, wine for example?
Next, you want to make sure you are using
reliable sources of information. Many scientists
publish results of their studies in magazines we
call "scientific journals". These articles
are very technical and difficult to read if you
are not a scientist yourself. However, there are
several science magazines that write about these
topics specifically for non-scientists. Some of
these magazines include American Scientist,
Popular Science, Science News, and Scientific
Also, the New York Times newspaper is well
known for their science articles. All of these
sources are available at the library and on the
web. You can also look at webpages of science labs
studying these topics.
Examples of labs to look at include the Food
and Drug Administration (www.fda.gov) and the
National Institutes of Health (www.nih.gov).
Finally, WebMD is a well-respected source of
information (www.webmd.org). Some of these
webpages might be a bit confusing at first so if
you can sit down with your teacher or parent, that
might help you find the information you need more
Good luck on your paper!
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