Cocaine users have less empathy

People who use cocaine get less enjoyment out of social interactions and have less empathy for others, a new study indicates.


After cannabis, cocaine is the most frequently used illegal drug worldwide, including throughout Europe. It is already known that chronic users of the drug are more likely to have problems with memory, attention and concentration.


Studies have also suggested that their social skills suffer. Researchers in Switzerland decided to look into this further. They found that people who use cocaine are less empathetic overall – they have problems seeing things from other people’s perspectives and even find it difficult recognising emotions in other people’s voices.


by Deborah Condon