Impacts of drug use on memory

Yie Chu Foo, Cai Lian Tam

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Purpose: To study the consequences of chronic drug use on human's cognitive functions. Methods/Procedures: Review of scientific studies. New Results: Chronic drug use indeed impacts negatively on human's cognitive functions, especially in terms of attention, learning, and memory. With increasing amount of certain drug use, the degree of impairments also increases. It is unsure if the memory deficits that result from drug abuse persist forever as study examining memory impairments after more than a month's abstinence of drug use is not found. Conclusion: Therefore, it is incorrect to say that drug users or ex-drug users are incapable of learning; instead, as a result of neurological changes in the brain caused by chronic drug use, learning may take more time and effort for them as compared to non-drug users.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-75
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012


  • Cognitive functions
  • Drugs
  • Memory

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