Certain areas of our brain regulate and reinforce behaviours that are pleasurable or rewarding. On the whole, this mechanism encourages us to repeat behaviours that are beneficial to our wellbeing (i.e. eating). Non-life enhancing substances, including certain drugs, can however, alter these mechanisms, which may over time ultimately lead to drug abuse and addiction.
|Title of host publication||A Cross-cultural introduction to bioethics|
|Editors||Darryl R. J Macer|
|Place of Publication||Christchurch, N.Z.|
|Publisher||Eubios Ethics Institute|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|