Monday, November 01, 2010

I've known this for at least the last 35 years.

I have known this for as long as I can remember, Alcohol and tobacco, the two legal drugs, are by far the most damaging. No other drug except alcohol can get you to a point that you don't even know what you're doing. And I've always said that the hangover is caused by the 'dirt' alcohol leaves behind. No other drug (except PCP) gives you any type of hangover.

Alcohol more harmful than heroin & crack cocaine: Study Says

Presenting a new scale of drug harm that rates the damage to users themselves and to wider society, the scientists rated alcohol the most harmful overall and almost three times as harmful as cocaine or tobacco.

According to the scale, devised by a group of scientists including Britain's Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (ISCD) and an expert adviser to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), heroin and crack cocaine rank as the second and third most harmful drugs.

Professor David Nutt, chairman of the ISCD, whose work was published in the Lancet medical journal, said the findings showed that "aggressively targeting alcohol harms is a valid and necessary public health strategy". He said they also showed that current drug classification systems had little relation to the evidence of harm.

Nutt was forced to quit the ACMD a year ago after publicly criticising ministers for ignoring scientific advice suggesting cannabis was less harmful than alcohol.

The World Health Organisation estimates that risks linked to alcohol cause 2.5 million deaths a year from heart and liver disease, road accidents, suicides and cancer -- accounting for 3.8 percent of all deaths.

It is the third leading risk factor for premature death and disabilities worldwide.

Among some of the other drugs assessed were crystal meth (33), cocaine (27), tobacco (26), amphetamine or speed (23), cannabis (20), benzodiazepines, such as Valium (15), ketamine (15), methadone (14), mephedrone (13), ecstasy (9), anabolic steroids (9), LSD (7) and magic mushrooms (5).

Read more: Alcohol more harmful than heroin, crack cocaine: Study - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/Alcohol-more-harmful-than-heroin-crack-cocaine-Study/articleshow/6852482.cms#ixzz1420lTAlO

1 Comments:

Blogger Happy Days said...

They are all bad, but I still say Herion is by far worse. All the hard core drugs drag you down far faster than alcohol I think. But, that's my take on the whole thing...debbie

November 01, 2010 10:27 AM  

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