Recreational Drugs

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on November 9, 2020 and last updated on February 4, 2023

Recreational drugs have been in our society for many years, and in many countries these drugs are illegal. It has been said that the use of these drugs is detrimental to people’s lives, as well as society in general, making the need for them to be illegal necessary.

Despite the apparent harm these drugs can do, there are some voices that are calling for all drugs to be legal and put the responsibility onto the end user whether or not they choose to take them or not.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • drug (noun)
  • recreational (adjective)
  • illegal (adjective)
  • legal (adjective)
  • society (noun)
  • detrimental (adjective)
  • apparent (adjective)
  • harm (noun)
  • call for (phrasal verb)
  • responsibility (noun)

Conversation Questions

  • Do you think that all drugs should be legal?
  • Are there any recreational drugs in your country that are legal?
  • What recreational drugs in your country are illegal?
  • Do you agree that they should be illegal?
  • What would the possible negative effects be of making all drugs legal?
  • What would the possible positive effects be of making all drugs legal?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.