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New Study Reports Alcohol More Dangerous Than Cocaine And Heroin

According to a recent news article, British researchers say alcohol is more of a danger to individuals than illicit drugs such as crack cocaine or heroin. Research completed by the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (ISCD) studied the harm done by substances like alcohol, crack cocaine, heroin, tobacco and cannabis.

They examined the amount of harm each drug caused an individual and further considered dangers caused by them in society. Drugs were scored on a 100 point scale with 100 being the most harmful drug because of specific criteria.

Crack cocaine, heroin and meth caused the most danger to the individual with scores of 37, 34 and 32 respectively. However, when the wider social side effects factored into theory, alcohol had an overall high score of 72 and was deemed to be the most harmful.

Though alcohol does have some benefits socially, it also can have a damaging amount of implications to both an individual and society. Doctors note that liver disease is one medical issue that is harmful as well as broken relationships, injuries, violence and all kinds of social problems that impact families.

In Australia, alcohol is part of their social fabric and in an embarrassing way, according to Dr. Steve Hambleton. There is hardly ever a social function or gathering that does not include alcohol, says the doctor.

The ISCD thinks these findings should be a guide to the government on their policymaking regarding drugs. The study found the results to be in accordance with previous conclusions by experts that aggressively target alcohol as a valid public health strategy. Hambleton agrees more needs to be done to target the culture surrounding binge drinking as well.

Hambleton says in Australia they are beginning to build some anti-alcohol attitudes back in to their society and Aboriginal Australians are leading this cause.

Posted on March 15th, 2012
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