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Grapevine : February 2011
Alcohol more lethal than heroin, cocaine 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, and determined that alcohol is more dangerous than illegal drugs like heroin and crack cocaine. Researchers analyzed how addictive a drug is and how it harms the human body, in addition to other criteria like environ- mental damage caused by the drug; its role in breaking up families; and its economic costs. Heroin, crack cocaine and methamphetamine were the most lethal. When considering their wider social e ects, alcohol, heroin and crack cocaine were the deadli- est. But overall, alcohol outranked all other substances. Experts said the study should prompt countries to reconsider how they classify drugs. "Drugs that are legal cause at least as much damage, if not more, than drugs that are illicit," said Wim van den Brink, professor of psychiatry and addic- tion at the University of Amsterdam. Source: e Lancet; Nov. 1, 2010 Overall, alcohol outranked all other substances. time," said lead researcher Kevin L. De- lucchi, Ph.D., professor of biostatistics in psychiatry at UCSF. Given that heavy drinkers usually don't become "normal" drinkers on their own, the study suggests clinicians and family members help connect a problem drinker to a community social service agency or AA. Telling someone that he or she had a drinking problem did not seem to be helpful in this study, but being specific about how to get help did. e study is one of the first to exam- ine heavy alcohol use in the general population vs. those already in treat- ment, said Delucchi. Source: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, November 2010 e purpose of these pages is to o er information that may further readers' understand- ing of the medical, legal and social aspects of alcoholism; the severity and international scope of the illness; and the worldwide e orts being made to combat it. Publication here does not imply endorsement or a liation. AA does not conduct or participate in research, nor does it hold any opinion on research conducted by others. Grapevine 61