These questions were answered by more than 50 individual scientists and science writers with expertise in addiction. To get as many answered as possible, responses were written quickly based on the personal background and knowledge of each expert. Please note that there was not a secondary review or proofreading of each fact, and if readers have questions or comments about any response, they can ask further questions.

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can u get high off smoking parsley?

-CS, New Jersey

No, but it is delicious when you add it to a meal. And you might like the taste.

-Nancy Pilotte

can u over dose with drinking

-ctodd, Pennsylvania

The major signs that someone is overdosing on alcohol, or has alcohol poisoning include:VomitingSeizuresSlow breathing (fewer than eight breaths per minute)Irregular breathing (10 seconds or more between breaths)Hypothermia (low body temperature), bluish skin color, paleness If someone you know shows these symptoms after drinking, call a parent, call 911, just get help -and fast! Don't try to play doctor yourself - get help.For more information on alcohol poisoning, please check out:

-Aaron White

can u over dose with weed?

-BarneY, Maryland

Probably not. But are you tryinig to?

-Ruben Baler

can underaged teenagers get arrested for smoking ciggerettes?

-Hackettstown, New Jersey

Well I don't think you can get arrested for smoking them, but your parents might ground you. Smoking is really bad for your body and brain. Consequences of tobacco use include: lung cancer, emphysema, and bronchial disorders among others. More information can be found at:

-Redonna Chandler

can using k2 kill you ?

-ozmann12, Maryland

Thanks for your question.K2, Spice is a fairly new phenomenon. There is no solid indication that this herbal mixture is lethal. But since this mixtures are not regulated nor standardized different batches from different manufacturers could end up containing dangerous contaminants. Stay healthy and take care.

-Ruben Baler

Can weed be eaten?

-marijuanna, New Jersey

Yes, some people put marijuana in baked goods. The problem with eating marijuana is that it takes a very long time for the drug to take effect--about an hour or more. So it is very easy to take more than you intend (or not even know that you have eaten somethinig containing mariujana) because you may not feel anything right after eating something containing it. So be careful out there ! The only medically approved use for THC, the most psychoactive chemical in marijuana, is Marinol, a capsule containing TCH dissolved in sesame seed oil. Check out for more.

-Steve Grant

Can weed cause death?

-NickP, Maryland

Hi! Interesting question...hard to answer exactly because
marijuanais generally not toxic in the sense that if you smoke it, it is going to kill you. But, if you were to get high and then drive, have unprotected sex, or do something else that could be dangerous, the consequences could be serious...even deadly. Approximately 14% of fatally injured drivers test positive for marijuana (sometimes in combination with other drugs)

-Joe Frascella

Can weed cause death?

-NickP, Maryland

Hi! Interesting question...hard to answer exactly because marijuana is generally not toxic in the sense that if you smoke it, it is going to kill you. But, if you were to get high and then drive, have unprotected sex, or do something else that could be dangerous, the consequences could be serious...even deadly. Approximately 14% of fatally injured drivers test positive for marijuana (sometimes in combination with other drugs)

-Joe Frascella

Can weed cause death? (with regular eat habits)

-PoloBoy, Maryland

The worst thing that can happen to you is getting hurt or killed, not directly from the drug, like the way that alcohol or opioids can stop your breathing, but by getting into a car wreck or having some other consequence of altered judgment and perception from being high. The biggest danger has to do with marijuana's effects on judgment, perception, reaction time....Studies have found that 4 to 14 percent of drivers who were injured or died in traffic crashes tested positive for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana. Learn more on the Sara Bellum blog at

-Steve Grant

Can Weed Kill You On Your First Try?

-CoCo&Chanel2012, Maryland

quick answer: no. and probably not on your second either.

-Ruben Baler

Can you abuse prescription marijuana

-mr. jiggleworm, Vermont

Yes, medical marijuana is the same as the marijuana that is abused. Anything that is prescribed for you by a doctor shoud be used as directed by the doctor. Anything else can put you at risk for problems, especially health problems.

-Joe Frascella

can you bare a child if your addicted to drugs

-babels, New York

You can, but the baby can be affected, and for some drugs (like heroin and other opiates like vicodin) the baby can be born addicted, and will be withdrawing the first days of life. Smoking during pregnancy can have dire consequences - it is associated with infant mortality, stillbirth, and sudden infant death syndrome. Also, some states have laws that babies born with drugs in their systems have to be removed from their moms. If you are addicted to drugs and want to have a baby, get some treatment first! This will help you, as a person and as a parent, and it will help you to have a healthy baby. There are some treatment programs designed specifically for pregnant teens and women that can help you. If you need help with an addiction, you can find a substance abuse treatment facility by calling 1-800-662-HELP or go to anytime, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

-Nicolette Borek

can you be born an alcoholic if it runs in your family?

-Kristina, New Jersey

A person can be born with a higher risk of becoming an alcoholic if they have alcoholism in their family. That means that if either of your parents is an alcoholic, your chances of becoming alcohol dependent are higher than someone whose parents are not alcoholics. This is true even if you are raised in a home without the alcoholic parent. However, you can't become an actual alcoholic unless you start drinking alcohol yourself. If you have a family history of alcoholism, it's very important to wait to try alcohol for as long as possible. The earlier a person starts drinking alcohol the greater the chances they will become alcohol dependent. For instance, if a kid with a family history of alcoholism who starts drinking alcohol at age 14-15, he or she has about a 50/50 chance to go on to have a serious alcohol problem. Waiting just a few years lowers the odds significantly! Only 16% of people with a family history of alcoholism develop alcoholism if they wait until age 21 to drink.

-Aaron White

Can you become addicted for life for just one use of drugs


It is difficult to say since it depends on a lot of issues. It can depend on the drug that the person abuses, the biology of that person, the environment in which that person lives. It might also depend on how much of the drug is abused and how that drug is taken (snorting, smoking or injecting drugs since introducing drugs into the body in these ways can be very dangerous). It can also depend on the age of the person. It is thought that teenagers may be more prone to addiction than adults are since their brains are still rapidly developing. Depending on these several issues, a person can begin down a lifelong path to addiction more rapidly. For more info, check out:

-Kris Bough

Can you become addicted to Marijuana??

-nidachat, New Hampshire

Yes. We now know now that long-term use of marijuana can lead to a withdrawal syndrome when you try to stop, which includes irritability and trouble sleeping, among other effects. In addition, continued use of marijuana can lead to decreased school performance and other problems in life. In a recent study, heavy marijuana users said they regretted using marijuana and felt it contributed to them not achieving as much in life as they wanted to do. Read more here:

-Steve Grant

can you comsume more alcohol if youre a guy, or a girl?


That depends on the guy and the girl. However, in general, girls are affected more by alcohol than guys. Girls can feel the immediate effects of alcohol more quickly and for a longer time than guys. Thanks to natural differences in body chemistry and metabolism, girls retain more alcohol in their blood than men do, and also break down and get rid of alcohol more slowly than guys do.

-Aaron White

Can depression bring forth the urge to do drugs, even if that person have never smoked or accepted them? -K

-AC2ezio, Virginia

Hi...depression and drug use do often go together. Which comes first is up for debate. The great part of your question is you are talking about an urge to use - so the use hasn't happened yet. That means this is a great opportunity to stop drug use before it starts! While someone may think using drugs when depressed will help them feel better, in the long run it will make things worse as depression is harder to treat when someone is also using drugs. If you or someone you know is depressed rather than giving in to an urge to use drugs, talk to a trusted adult and get professional help. If you or someone you know is in a crisis situation, help is readily available by calling 1-800-273-TALK. Here is some general information about depression: to know more about Depression in Children and Teens? See:

-Amy Goldstein

can dogs get drunk?

-i am mike, New Jersey

Yes they sure can! Any mammal can.

-Aaron White

Can doing drugs while your an adolecent affect your childrens health someday?


Doing drugs today can impact your future, which can have a direct impact on your child's future. Your child's well being is connected to yours--so you have to make sure that you don't interfere with your health or education by getting involved with drugs. If you become addicted before you get pregnant you risk exposing your child to substances which may have effects on your child's health and well being (beyond what the drugs are doing to you personally). These things may seem a long way off, but the truth is the choices you make now can have an impact for a very long time.

-Aria Crump

Can drinking affect pregencies

-dan24, Wyoming

Drinking while you are pregnant can seriously affect a baby's development. A range of problems, the worst of which is called fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) can result. Babies born with FAS are not addicted to alcohol themselves, but they do have smaller brains, abnormal facial features, and often have life-long learning and behavioral problems. It is the leading preventable birth defect associated with mental and behavioral impairment in the United States today.

-Aaron White

can drinking run in the family?

-janedoe!!, Utah

There is a genetic component to alcohol addiction. That means that if either of your parents is an alcoholic, your chances of becoming alcohol dependent are higher than someone whose parents are not alcoholics. This is true even if you are raised in a home without the alcoholic parent.

-Aaron White

Can drug use be hereditary? If parents are addicted could exposed children become addicted just by contact?

-captain, Kentucky

VERY interesting question! Genes which are inherited determine your eye color and height and can determine whether you become addicted to drugs of abuse or not. However, this is only part of the equation. Having an addicted parent could raise a person's risk for addiction because the risk for drug addiction can be inherited. About 40-60% of the risk for drug addiction comes from the genes a person inherited from their parents. There are other factors such as taking drugs themselves and a person's age that can contribute to their risk for addiction. Want more information on addiction? Check out NIDA's website:

-David Shurtleff

can drugs affect baby size

-Davidp, Maryland

Yes! Studies on drugs such as cocaine have found that growth can be affected. Even smoking can affect fetal growth and is associated with lower birth weights. Some researchers are looking at whether lower birth weights are then associated with later obesity!

-Nicolette Borek

Can drugs affect the way you socialize?

-16312723, Maryland

Yes and no. Yes, if someone is doing drugs, it is likely that their relationships with loved ones are suffering. It is also true that their personalities could be altered from drug use and change their social skills or comfort level. No, if someone thinks that they need to do drugs to party or fit in. IMO, people are the life of the party when they show there true spirit...See more info here:

-Bethany Deeds

Can drugs affect you in any sport?

-Special K,

great question.Of course, any drug that affects your cognitive function or motor coordination, for example, can impair your performance in sports.better play clean, don't you think?

-Ruben Baler

can drugs affect your life

-16994369, Maryland

Drugs can affect your life in so many ways -- most of them not good. While you may get an initial feeling of euphoria (or high), most drugs have serious and dangerous effects. Some of them can change your life forever. Take a look at some of the specific drug information on our teen site to get an idea of specific harmful effects of various drugs. Go to

-Jane Lipkin

Can drugs affect your social life ?

-15961589, Maryland

I'm going to anwser this question two ways:(1) You can party with your friends like a rock star and never do drugs! People who are cool appreciate you for who you are and what you are about....or (2) doing drugs can affect your relationships with family and friends in negative ways. You can read more about these effects here:, a Website for teens with information on the science behind drug abuse, facts on drugs, questions and answers, real stories and interactive activities. In addition, the Office of National Drug Control Policy provides additional information specifically for young people. Go to:, to find an interactive drug prevention site for youth. Symptoms of ADHD (link to new fact sheet) and

-Bethany Deeds

can drugs affect your sperm count ?

-HELLO, Maryland

They sure can. Marijuana is one that is known to lower it.

-Nancy Pilotte

can mary be addictive when used in a BONG?

-wakeNbake, Maryland

MJ can be addictive no matter whether you smoke it in cigarette form, use a bong, or put it in brownies. About 9% of people who use MJ become addicted. Take a look at our fact sheet at

-Jane Lipkin

can mary effect your sperm count

-ross, Georgia

There have been some studies to show that marijuana can effect fertility. Studies have shown that marijuana can lower sperm count as well as the motility of sperm. Another study has shown that a woman smoking marijuana can make the sperm of her partner less fertile. Hope this helps.

-Joe Frascella