Also known as:
Roids, anadrol, anavar, dianabol, durabolin, euipose,
finajet, nandrolone, maxibolin, mesterlone, boldenone,
primobolin, stanozolol, testosterone, winstrol.
Anabolic steroids and the law
Anabolic steroids are a Class C drug. Since 1996 it has become an offence to possess and use steroids in Britain and it is illegal to sell steroids without prescription.
What are anabolic steroids?
Anabolic steroids are synthetic drugs that affect your physical development; growth and the functioning of reproductive organs in a similar way to hormones that occur naturally in the human body. In men the main naturally occurring hormone is testosterone and anabolic steroids have a similar effect on the body. They are responsible for increasing muscle tissue and so are popular with people wanting to enhance sporting performance and to improve their body image.
What do they look like?
Anabolic steroids can be found in a tablet or liquid form.
How are they used?
Anabolic steroids can be taken orally or injected.
What are the effects?
Users may feel aggressive, allowing them to train harder and recover more quickly from strenuous exercise. They often feel more energetic and competitive and combining this with a high protein diet will help them to increase body weight and build muscle faster than normal.
Small doses increase sexual desire whereas high doses provoke mood swings and irrational behaviour.
What are the risks?
The more steroids you take, the greater the risks. Combining different steroids in high doses carries many risks such as liver abnormalities, hypertension, stunted growth in young people, sleep disorders, depression, paranoia and confusion. Steriods can also have distorting effects on sexuality and gender as men can experience low sperm count, over development of breast tissue, shrinking of testicles, the loss of sex drive, and erection problems. In women it can promote the growth of body hair, decreased breast size, deepening of the voice, menstrual problems, and the possible risk of miscarriage and still birth.
With regular use there are reports that irrational behaviour overflows in users becoming physically violent in fits of so called 'roid rage'.
If injected, the risks of contracting serious diseases like HIV and hepatitis increase.
Are they addictive?
Anabolic steroids are not physically addictive. However, users may become obsessed with using them to keep their idealized physical shape.
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