Alcohol more dangerous than other drugs

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By Kate Kelland. LONDON Reuters - Alcohol is a more dangerous drug than both crack and heroin when the combined harms to the user and to others are assessed, British scientists said Monday. Presenting a new scale of drug harm that rates the damage to users themselves and to wider society, the scientists rated alcohol the most harmful overall and almost three times as harmful as cocaine or tobacco. He said they also showed that current drug classification systems had little relation to the evidence of harm. Alcohol and tobacco are legal for adults in Britain and many other countries, while drugs such as ecstasy and cannabis and LSD are often illegal and carry the threat of prison sentences.

Nutt was forced to quit the ACMD a year ago after publicly criticizing ministers for ignoring scientific advice suggesting cannabis was less harmful than alcohol. The World Health Organization estimates that risks linked to alcohol cause 2. It is the third leading risk factor for premature death and disabilities worldwide. Harms to the user included things such as drug-specific or drug-related death, damage to health, drug dependence and loss of relationships, while harms to others included crime, environmental damage, family conflict, international damage, economic cost, and damage to community cohesion.

Drugs were then scored out of , with given to the most harmful drug and zero indicating no harm at all. The scientists found alcohol was most harmful, with a score of 72, followed by heroin with 55 and crack with Among some of the other drugs assessed were crystal meth 33 , cocaine 27 , tobacco 26 , amphetamine or speed 23 , cannabis 20 , benzodiazepines, such as Valium 15 , ketamine 15 , methadone 14 , mephedrone 13 , ecstasy 9 , anabolic steroids 9 , LSD 7 and magic mushrooms 5. By Kate Kelland 4 Min Read. Wine merchants at the world's biggest wine fair in a file photo.

Alcohol more dangerous than other drugs

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Alcohol more dangerous than cocaine or heroin