In low doses (<1 gm), GHB is a mild relaxant. It causes a subtle drop in muscle tone and a mild relaxation of inhibitions (making people more sociable), very much like drinking a beer or a glass of wine. This effect lasts for 1 or 2 hours. In moderate doses (1-2 gm), GHB causes strong relaxation (mental and physical). This effect happens in 5 to 10 minutes on an empty stomach and 15 to 30 minutes on a full stomach. GHB slows and deepens respiration (causing no net effect on blood gasses) and it slows heart rate. There may be noticeable interference with articulation, motor coordination and balance. At this dose, the effects can last 2 to 3 hours. In larger doses (2-4 gm), interference with motor control and speech is more pronounced and the relaxation effect is quite strong, often causing sleepiness or sleep.
What is Health Promotion?
Health promotion involves doing things to prevent disease and to improve individual and communities health. Health promotion offers solutions to many of the health problems facing society such as obesity, lack of exercise and smoking though developing skills and knowledge, community action, supportive environments, healthy public policy and health services. Health promotion helps individuals or communities to increase control over and improve their health and wellbeing. Curtin University (2012) states that ‘with a significant proportion of ill-health related to choices about nutrition, exercise, the use of legal and illegal substances, interpersonal relationships and other social behaviours, health promotion can help us make choices that support well-being.
What is Health?
There are many definitions for Health. Health means different things to different people, if someone doesn’t drink and smoke then they believe that they are healthy, or if they eat a good balanced diet for example. The main most known definition of health is from the World Health Organization. World Health Organisation states:
‘Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Health is a dynamic condition resulting from a body’s constant adjustment and adaptation in response to stresses and changes in the environment for maintaining an inner equilibrium called homeostasis.’
World Health Organisation (2003)
This definition however has not been amended since 1948.
Personal development – developing personal, emotional and social skills and abilities of everyone to give them the opportunity to maximise their health and build a health promoting attitude to use for those around them.
Community development – encouraging and developing communities to become healthier such as neighbourhoods, cultural communities and communities of interest.
Is Health Promotion a good thing?
Health Promotion is Prevention. Health Promotion is the practice of preventing disease and promoting good health within groups of people, from small communities to entire countries.
Yes, Health Promotion is a good thing because it saves money and improves peoples quality of Life. If a community is healthy then it is spending less money on health care; meaning better economic productivity and improved quality of life for everybody. Health Promotion doesn’t only help the adult population but it also helps children thrive. If a child is healthy then it will grow up to be a healthy adult, a healthy child attends school more often and performs better as a whole meaning they will be educated on health and fitness and hopefully carry it on through to their children too.