Drug and alcohol information for PDHPE students

This guide takes you to key eresources, books and information about drugs and alcohol for PDHPE students.



Inhalants are substances that are sniffed to give the user an immediate 'high'.

These substances are easily absorbed through the lungs and carried to the brain, where they act to slow down the central nervous system, this means they are depressants.

The main categories of inhalants are:

  • volatile solvents (including aerosols)
  • nitrites
  • gases

Read more about inhalants here.


Drug facts

Use the following websites to find information about specific drugs, including their long and short term effects, how they are used, legal status and information on mixing drugs.

Journal articles

Journal articles are a good source of explanations and discussions of drug and alcohol issues.  There are several eresources with links to journal articles available in the State Library.

A quick guide to drugs and alcohol

Further information from Drug Info

Visit the Drug Info website for free drug and alcohol information for the community of NSW. Drug Info is a partnership between NSW Ministry of Health and the State Library of NSW.