Alcohol is more dangerous than heroin and cocaine, a new study shows. How can this be? Well let’s look at the facts. Alcohol can be purchased anywhere once your an adult. It is common place at social functions and most everyone has some form of alcohol in there house. It is also contributed to homicides, DWI’s and a multitude of other illegal offenses. Need I say more?
British experts evaluated substances including alcohol, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and marijuana, ranking them based on how destructive they are to the individual who takes them and to society as a whole.
Researchers analyzed how addictive a drug is and how it harms the human body, in addition to other criteria like environmental damage caused by the drug, its role in breaking up families and its economic costs, such as health care, social services, and prison.
Heroin, crack cocaine and methamphetamine, or crystal meth, were the most lethal to individuals. When considering their wider social effects, alcohol, heroin and crack cocaine were the deadliest. But overall, alcohol outranked all other substances, followed by heroin and crack cocaine. Marijuana, ecstasy and LSD scored far lower.
Experts said alcohol scored so high because it is so widely used and has devastating consequences not only for drinkers but for those around them.
“Just think about what happens with alcohol at every football game,” said Wim van den Brink, a professor of psychiatry and addiction at the University of Amsterdam. He was not linked to the study and co-authored a commentary in the Lancet.
When drunk in excess, alcohol damages nearly all organ systems. It is also connected to higher death rates and is involved in a greater percentage of crime than most other drugs, including heroin.
“What governments decide is illegal is not always based on science,” said van den Brink. He said considerations about revenue and taxation, like those garnered from the alcohol and tobacco industries, may influence decisions about which substances to regulate or outlaw.
“Drugs that are legal cause at least as much damage, if not more, than drugs that are illicit,” he said.
Prohibition of alcohol will never happen. So people need to drink ‘smart.’ If your going out and plan to drink, have someone with you who can drive you home. With the holidays fast approaching alcohol reaches a fever pitch. Please handle your drinking responsibly. That’s all we ask….
This author highly recommends A.A. Their web site is: http://www.aa.org/. For support for spouses & teens, Al-anon & Alateen are also derived from Alcoholics Anonymous. Here are their web sites: http://www.al-anon.alateen.org.
Another option,The National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referral Routing Service (Center for Substance Abuse Treatment) at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for information about treatment programs in your local community and to speak to someone about an alcohol problem.
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