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Alcohol 'More Harmful Than Heroin' Says Prof David Nutt

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Alcohol is more harmful than heroin or crack, according to a study published in medical journal the Lancet.The report is co-authored by Professor David Nutt, the former UK chief drugs adviser who was sacked by the government in October 2009.


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Patricia R (13)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 4:13 am
1,001 THANX!!

. (0)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 5:06 am
Any thing which is in very wide use will have wider effects than any thing which is in more limited use.

The majority of people who drink alcohol aren't harming themselves or anyone else since most people drink in moderation. But because the number of people who actually drink alcohol is very large then the number of abusers will also be larger. Whereas I don't believe I've ever heard that using heroin in moderation (if that's even possible) doesn't cause harm at least to the user.

I've been a drinker of Scotch for 30+ years. And have never become addicted or had it adversely affected my life in any way. But I have no doubt that if I had used heroin or cocaine the same number of times I've taken a drink I would have long since become addicted to those drugs.

Carlos L (1)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 5:11 am
I guess we all knew about this. It's just that we choose to ignore it. Alchool and arms and right wing politicians and religious fanatics of all creeds are the real problem, and they stare us at the face.

stacey Oertel (2)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 5:25 am
Very interesting!

Bon L (0)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 5:35 am
Thanks for the info.

. (0)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 5:46 am
Let's look at the situation from another angle.

Being President of the United States is an exceptionally dangerous job. Out of 43 men sworn into office as President, four have been assassinated while in office.

Statistically a police officer in the U.S. has an overwhelmingly less chance of being killed on the job than the President. But, of course, far more police officers die each year than Presidents - because there are far more of them than there are Presidents of the U.S.

Alcohol isn't the problem. It's the abuse of alcohol that's the problem. Drink moderately and responsibly and no one will be harmed.

And, Carlos - the same goes for 'arms'. When they're used for the purpose for which they were intended - protection of the innocent - they are a benefit to society. The shotgun I keep in my home for self-defense has never harmed anyone. And will never harm anyone - unless that someone is trying to harm me. Because, just as with my alcohol consumption, I'm a responsible and careful gun owner - like so many others.

That's the key - each individual being responsible in his own actions.

Abdul H. (0)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 5:48 am
Many countries have very strict laws, even death penalties for indulging with drugs....what about this bigger and more dangerous substance???

It is obvious that ….small quantity or occasional use leads to bigger quantities and frequent use... and it should be applied to alcohol too...

However hypocrisy is that Alcohol/cocktails are part of menu openly... even at official ceremonies / parties, flights, govt functions etc etc....

It took long long time to acknowledge this fact “Alcohol is more dangerous than drugs like crack cocaine and heroin, both to the individual and to society as a whole."

- Having acknowledged and said about the danger.... what is the way-out???
- Are we really serious about it??
- Do we really care?? ....Willing to protect individuals and society as a whole???

If yes, we need to take a clear stand and protect the humanity.....

We need to learn how some communities are still able to control this nuisance at all levels with least efforts and created better awareness … and how it can be implemented to wider area.

. (0)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 5:56 am
Abdul, saying that 'small quantity or occasional use leads to bigger quantities and frequent use' just doesn't hold true for everything. Many people, for example, occasionally use marijuana throughout their lives and never make it a frequent thing (I don't use marijuana myself but believe it to be a very benign drug.) And many consumers of alcohol simply never become heavy or problem drinkers.

In my case, for example, throughout times in my life I've consumed perhaps three or four glasses of Scotch a week as a norm for those times. However during the times (like now) when I can't afford to buy Scotch, I've gone six months or more without drinking alcohol.

Not everything automatically leads to something worse.

Abdul H. (0)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 6:45 am
Yes, it may be OK for some to claim that it did not create (seemingly) issues while using alcohol in small quantities… but generally all addicts/abusers can claim the same …at least initially…. How those people would are exempted??… Where the line can be drawn? I don’t think that addicted people or abusers are taking alcohol in very large quantities from the day one.

Same applies to people who might have greater threshold and does not get addicted to drugs… so they should also be exempted…

Some one might say that he is driving car in no entry for 30 years and did not meet with any fatality, so please allow such people to do as they want??

What about those get into danger zone and get trapped??
What is the harm in stopping alcohol when it is proved to be worst then drugs for wider benefits?? I think it may be resistance to change… old habits die hard..!! even if it is proved to be dangerous!

I think it is a trade-off between allowing people to use it and get into danger zone or individuals refrain from it for wider benefit…

It is shame that we have different rules for alcohol and other intoxicants… why not allow small quantities of heroin, cocaine, cracks and all other drugs for all??

. (0)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 7:54 am
I personally believe, Abdul, that consenting adults should be allowed to use whatever drugs they please with perfect legality. While I don't use street drugs and don't approve of the hard stuff for recreational purposes, I also believe that each person has the absolute right to go to hell in his own handbasket if he pleases - so long as he doesn't take any unconsenting victims along with him.

And your car analogy isn't entirely germane here. After all, despite the large numbers of people who die in car accidents each year, we still allow people to drive. We just set sensible rules in an attempt to cut down on the accidents. Just like with alcohol consumption - it shouldn't be allowed for children. And people shouldn't be allowed to do certain things while under the influence of alcohol (like drive, fly planes, etc.)

There are potential dangers to anything we do or consume in life. And we can't just outlaw everything in an attempt to avoid those pitfalls - unless we want to turn the world into one giant padded room and control people's lives to the point where no civil liberties remain. Utopia doesn't exist. It never has and it never will.

Shirley S (187)
Wednesday November 3, 2010, 12:07 am
Alcohol in MODERATION is the only way to handle it.

Abdul H. (0)
Wednesday November 3, 2010, 12:44 am
why it shouldn't be allowed for children? why should their lives be controlled?? many children are much smarter then some of their adult counterparts... so why these children be deprived?

if it is legal, a driver or a pilot can some day prove he can do his job nicely even in the influence of alcohol..., so why should these people are prevented from this great drink?

regarding Alcohol in MODERATION.... can it be implemented?
same amount/quantity would be 'too much' for some and 'too little' for others...

and if it is scientifically proved that it had more problems and very little or no benefit... what's wrong to avoid it in the interest of larger /social/individual benefit?

can we not be kind enough to control our on habits for the sake of greater well being??
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