A new study suggests alcohol is more harmful than heroin!

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A new study suggests alcohol is more harmful than heroin!

by: admin on
Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:57 pm

A bit off topic here is an interesting article:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailycha ... _most_harm

"MOST people would agree that some drugs are worse than others: heroin is probably considered to be more dangerous than marijuana, for instance. Because governments formulate criminal and social policies based upon classifications of harm, a new study published by the Lancet on November 1st makes interesting reading. Researchers led by Professor David Nutt, a former chief drugs adviser to the British government, asked drug-harm experts to rank 20 drugs (legal and illegal) on 16 measures of harm to the user and to wider society, such as damage to health, drug dependency, economic costs and crime. Alcohol is the most harmful drug in Britain, scoring 72 out of a possible 100, far more damaging than heroin (55) or crack cocaine (54). It is the most harmful to others by a wide margin, and is ranked fourth behind heroin, crack, and methamphetamine (crystal meth) for harm to the individual. The authors point out that the model's weightings, though based on judgment, were analysed and found to be stable as large changes would be needed to change the overall rankings."

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Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:23 am

I think you will find that alcohol rated that high due to access to it. Nothing else in this list other then tobacco is available at the corner store, not sure how alcohol is regulated in England. That and tobacco does not intoxicate. All the rest of those do intoxicate and can be highly addictive.....interesting.
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by: hwybear on
Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:04 am

Reflections wrote:I think you will find that alcohol rated that high due to access to it. .
agreed

Then can get into what they want the study to show. Rather than ask people (although experts) to rank them. It might be that these experts see people with addictions, with alcohol being the most dominant case that they see, not necessarily the most devastating.

So if they took 100 people in each category and obtained the results, what would they be? Then rank those results. I'm certain it would change.
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