Drug and alcohol information for PDHPE students

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

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visitors are kindly advised that this website includes images, sounds and names of people who have passed.

All users should be aware that some topics or historical content may be culturally sensitive, offensive or distressing, and that some images may contain nudity or are of people not yet identified. Certain words, terms or descriptions may reflect the author's/creator's attitude or that of the period in which they were written, but are now considered inappropriate in today's context.

Key to library resources

Access anywhere with a library card In the Library (or anywhere with a Library card for NSW residents)
Available to access in the library Only in the Library
Publicly available online Publicly available


E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, are battery-operated devices that heat a liquid, called 'e-liquid' and sold in a variety of flavours, into a vapour that users inhale. Inhaling this vapour is commonly referred to as 'vaping'. 

The E-liquid, also known as 'vape juice', contains a number of chemicals including propylene glycol and glycerol, and in some cases chemicals linked to cancer such as formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and acrolein.  Vape juice also often contains nicotine, the highly addictive drug found in tobacco products such as cigarettes. 

Studies have shown vaping leads to an increased likelihood of tobacco smoking in young people. Despite a significant decrease in use among Australians, tobacco smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death and disease in Australia. 

Read more about vaping 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.

Further reading