Alcohol is the Most Dangerous Drug

The alcohol you thought was so harmless is actually far worse than Ecstasy or Heroin. A new study published today makes this nearly impossible-sounding accusation. It’s not as insane as it sounds, though, folks. Alcohol is definitely the most “popular” drug – and the researchers took into account the total harm different drugs can due to individuals and society as a whole.

After reading several different takes on this research, I have come to a few conclusions of my own. The study clearly shows that alcohol has more profound effects on society as a whole, yes. However, does that mean I should put down my glass of wine in the evening and light a crack pipe instead? Of course it doesn’t, and to think otherwise is simply ludicrous. The people behind this study looked at things such as drunk-driving accidents, rehabilitation stays and even jail time. They focused mainly on the impact each of the twenty drugs had on society.

Using shock headlines (such as the one on this post) is common practice. Let’s not give a complete picture so that people will want to read more. I can pretty much guarantee that you were intrigued or angered by this headline. You wanted to argue, so you clicked the link. This study is written up in much the same way. Instead of spelling out where the issues really lie, they made it seem as though drinking a beer or taking a shot is going to do your body and mind much more harm than snorting cocaine would. That’s not the truth as you and I know it.

Another thing to consider is the fact that most people consider alcohol to be “safe.” Since it is legal and easy to obtain, it cannot possibly be dangerous, right? “It’s generally recognized that two drinks a day for men and one for women can be considered safe, with exceptions such as people with depression or anxiety, those with alcohol dependence and pregnant women.” If you think that alcohol is not dangerous to yourself and those around you, then you likely need to step away from the proverbial crack pipe.

Should I put away the glass of wine I intended to have this evening with dinner and instead snort a few lines of coke? I’m fairly certain that the two don’t begin to compare as far as my own health is concerned. I get the point of the study – alcohol is the worst of the group as far as its total impact on all of society. When it comes to individuals, though, I’ll continue to have the occasional drink.

7 thoughts on “Alcohol is the Most Dangerous Drug”

  1. You have to wonder if the people doing the study pondered what it would be like if all recreational drugs were legal and socially acceptable. I’m quite certain that the societal problems associated with alcohol would only be matched or exceeded with those drugs.

    As a teen in the 70s, I did a bit of “experimentation”. It can honestly be said that a person who only snorted a gram of cocaine a month wouldn’t do themselves much harm. But that’s the kicker, most people I know who used coke didn’t much care for “moderation”. Crack (never touched it) is even more addicting.

    I’ll stick to my Jim Beam, thank you.

  2. LIke most activities, doing them “responsibly” is the bigger question. Most people do not know that even coffee is a problem for some, trigger caffeine-related disorders that are now classified in the DSM-IV (Diagnostic Statistical Manual, the so-called “Bible” of psychiatric disorders.

    Alcohol has and always will be a mood-altering drug. So is sugar. So is cocaine, weed, marijuana, and most hormones. I think the study simply focuses on another way to classify drugs in terms of their harm, and no one is really going to get bent out of shape over the findings.

    A hammer can be harmful if you decide to pound your own wrist. A door is harmful is you put your foot in the doorway and slam the door against the jam. While alcohol can wreak havoc on your liver, it can also relax your muscles, cleanse a wound, and stand-in for a mild analgesic.

  3. Alcohol is easily, and by far, the most dangerous drug on our planet. Alcoholism is a horrible disease and the poor people who succumb are treated like failures- even though many who have yet admitted their addiction are addicts themselves. Drinking becomes an expectation. Many cannot imagine attending a party w/o it. Alcohol is associated with “good times”- the underlying message: you can’t possibly have a good time without it. For those, like myself, who choose not to drink at all- we are looked upon as “odd”. It makes me ill to see the advertising done on behalf of our legal drug- and I consider it far less dangerous than cigarettes- but they are demonized by comparison. I am quite certain that if alcohol were discovered today- it would be a prescription-only drug.

    Alcohol is responsible for so much misery- broken marriages, deserted children and jobs, homelessness, car accidents, liver damage, etc…I think the concept of self-medication is now so ingrained that most can’t imagine a life without booze- and that is a sickness in itself.

  4. How asinine ! Alcohol is NOT a drug….what idiot dreamed this definition up ? The new Carrie Nation ?

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