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2010 government study finds alcohol, more harmful than heroin, crack cocaine, meth , LSD, tobacco and anabolic steroids and ecstasy – by The Chief Drug Advisor to the British Government

Have you ever drank alcohol?

Do you remember your first time?

If you’re in the United States you probably remember the anticipation of turning 21 so you can go out with your friends, order drinks legally and get smashed

According to the NIH, almost 90% of Americans have drank alcohol at some point in their life[1]

When I turned 21, I almost drank a full 40oz with my friends in the college dorm room

Yup, you read that right, almost three full beer bottles all by myself

I woke up the next day hung-over, my girlfriend Tracy was PISSED I missed our date

Date? I barely remembered my name or what planet I was on

She was three years older, knew how to handle her alcohol. I was just learning

Hoboken New Jersey in 2009 with Rick and Suzette
Hoboken New Jersey in 2009 with Rick and Suzette

Thank God I learned fast and never became part of the 16 Million adults who had an Alcohol Use Disorder. [1]

Or part of the nearly 90,000 who die yearly due to Alcohol, the forth leading cause of preventable deaths. [1]

I remember learning a friend had used Mushrooms. I was ANGRY. How dare they take mushrooms and ask my girlfriend to join them? Mushrooms are harmful, right?

I remember friends smoking Marijuana and offering some to me. NO WAY! I shouted, that’s bad for you, and illegal

I remember friends going to Rave’s and enjoying the effects of Ecstasy. No way would I rave. X kills your brain cells, you can die from it, and it’s illegal!

I remember friends and strangers offering me Cocaine, Meth, Ketamine and Mushrooms.

Repeatedly I said no and judged them that they are damaging their bodies

Now I’m not so sure. The findings of Professor and British psychiatrist and neuropsychopharmacologist David Nutt found that Alcohol was the worst offender of them ALL

Worse than Heroin

Worse than Crack Cocaine

Worse than Meth

Worse than Cocaine

Worse than Marlboro, Newport, Camel or any Tobacco

Check out this study, funded by The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (UK), published in the peer-reviewed medical journal, The Lancet [2]

"Drug harms in the UK: a multi-criteria decision analysis", by David Nutt, Leslie King and Lawrence Phillips, on behalf of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs. The Lancet.
I “Drug harms in the UK: a multi-criteria decision analysis”, by David Nutt, Leslie King and Lawrence Phillips, on behalf of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs. The Lancet.

Harm was measured as dependence, mortality, and impairment of mental functioning for self-harm and  crime, environmental damage, and international damage for harm to others

Not only was Alcohol the most harmful drug studied, it was the most harmful drug by a landslide

76% more harmful than the second drug studied, Heroin

20 Drugs Ranked by Overall Harm along 16 Criteria [3]

When I drank too much Alcohol in Guatemala, I wound up in the Emergency Room, was prescribed Prednisone, and warned I will need stronger drugs

My experience on Prednisone lead me to meeting Bob Stickles, 30 years no symptoms, no medication

My experience on Prednisone lead me to searching what is meant to have a Great Gut

Perhaps it’s time to rethink what is a harmful drug, and what is not

I remember meeting a woman who had recently turned 21. She had Crohn’s, and was excited she could finally drink legally

She was most upset that her friends would peer pressure her into having 3 or more drinks, when she just wanted one or two

She knew it made her Crohn’s Disease worse, she felt it. But she wanted two.  Cool, no problem, it’s her body, she should be allowed

But her friends peer pressured her. What if her friends pressured her into having Heroin?  Cocaine? Meth? With the evidence from this study, is that worse, or better?

I’ve had i think two drinks this year. It’s just not a priority for me. I feel better not drinking, It’s saved me money, and i enjoy being DD if my friends drink

If you do drink, that’s cool, i do my best not to judge, simply observe

I’m curious, Do you drink Alcohol? How do you feel afterwards?

Please let me know in the comments below, or let me know privately

To Your Health,
Joel
[1] National Insitute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcolosim – Alcohol Facts and Statistics – https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-facts-and-statistics

[2] The Lancet – Drug harms in the UK: a multicriteria decision analysis – Prof David J Nutt, FMed, Leslie A King, PhD, Lawrence D Phillips, PhD, on behalf of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(10)61462-6/abstract
[3] Procon.org – Explore Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=004477

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