Monday, February 14, 2011

Alcohol more dangerous than cocaine or heroin

GENEVIEVE CARBERY
Tue, Nov 02, 2010

A new study found alcohol was the most dangerous of 20 legal and illegal drugs when the two criteria of harm to the user and harm to others were combined ALCOHOL IS more dangerous than crack cocaine and heroin when damage to users themselves and to wider society are combined, a study has found. The research, published yesterday in theLanc et medical journal, rated alcohol almost three times as harmful as cocaine or tobacco and some eight times as harmful as ecstasy. Alcohol was found to be the most harmful of 20 legal and illegal drugs examined when the two criteria of harm to the user and harm to others were combined. The study was conducted by a group of scientists including Britain’s Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs and an expert adviser to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. The criteria for harm to others included the extent to which the use of a drug leads to crime, causes family conflict such as breakdown and child neglect, costs of the drug to the economy including healthcare and loss of productivity, and the impact the drug has on social cohesion. Read more...

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