Black People : Alcohol More Dangerous Than the Opiates

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  1. Kemetstry

    Kemetstry going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The Associated Press
    updated drugs like heroin and crack cocaine, according to a new study.

    British experts evaluated substances including alcohol, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and marijuana, ranking them based on how destructive they are to the individual who takes them and to society as a whole.

    Researchers analyzed how addictive a drug is and how it harms the human body, in addition to other criteria like environmental damage caused by the drug, its role in breaking up families and its economic costs, such as health care, social services, and prison.

    Heroin, crack cocaine and methamphetamines, or crystal meth, were the most lethal to individuals. When considering their wider social effects and harm to others, alcohol, heroin and crack cocaine were the deadliest. But overall, alcohol outranked all other substances, followed by heroin and crack cocaine. Marijuana, ecstasy and LSD scored far lower.

    Devastating consequences
    The study was paid for by Britain's Centre for Crime and Justice Studies and was published online Monday in the medical journal, Lancet .

    Experts said alcohol scored so high because it is so widely used and has devastating consequences not only for drinkers but for those around them.

    "Just think about what happens (with alcohol) at every football game ," said Wim van den Brink, a professor of psychiatry and addiction at the University of Amsterdam. He was not linked to the study and co-authored a commentary in the Lancet.
    When drunk in excess, alcohol damages nearly all organ systems. It is also connected to higher death rates and is involved in a greater percentage of crime than most other drugs, including heroin.
    But experts said it would be impractical and incorrect to outlaw alcohol.


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    Study: Alcohol more dangerous than heroin

    "We cannot return to the days of prohibition," said Leslie King, an adviser to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and one of the study's authors. "Alcohol is too embedded in our culture and it won't go away."
    King said countries should target problem drinkers, not the vast majority of people who indulge in a drink or two. He said governments should consider more education programs and raising the price of alcohol so it isn't as widely available.
    Experts said the study should prompt countries to reconsider how they classify drugs. For example, last year in Britain, the government increased its penalties for the possession of marijuana. One of its senior advisers, David Nutt ? the lead author on the Lancet study ? was fired after he criticized the British decision.
    "What governments decide is illegal is not always based on science," said van den Brink. He said considerations about revenue and taxation, like those garnered from the alcohol and tobacco industries, may influence decisions about which substances to regulate or outlaw
    "Drugs that are legal cause at least as much damage, if not more, than drugs that are illicit," he said














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  2. Mikha'el

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    smh...another reason i dont drink excessively
     
  3. Bxblasta

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    Makes you wonder why alcohol is legal in the states and numerous other places. If you have to drink, drink wine, its inexpensive, and has antioxidants drink healthy lol...stay away from 4Locos lol.
     
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    what would u expect a professor from the university of amsterdam to write? lol....

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    I think the article means its more dangerous to society rather than detrimental to health.
     
  6. Mikha'el

    Mikha'el Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I know but it all starts with one person n it going from there
     
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    Kemetstry going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    :SuN049::SuN049::SuN049: nah but Europeans can DRINK !they consume large amounts of alcohol but they can't handle it..its even worse than spring break in Mexico...
     
  9. Nameless

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    i'm saying

    i'm going to get some 4 loco

    it's the new malt liquor for women

    that's dope cause guys already have colt 45, private stock, oe, and st idez
     
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    It's called Multicriteria Decision Analysis Modeling and it's flawed. I've read this article. It's a "harm to self" vs a "harm to others" issue. Anything to make you fear something.

    Peace!
     
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