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    Alcohol and Tobacco 'More Dangerous than Drugs'

    WHO: Alcohol, Tobacco Greater Health Threats than Illegal Drugs

    3/19/2004

    A World Health Organization (WHO) report states that legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco are more detrimental to society than illegal drugs like cocaine and crack, Reuters reported March 18.

    The Neuroscience of Psychoactive Substance Use and Dependence report found that alcohol and tobacco addiction is more costly to societies, especially poorer countries, than illegal drugs.

    According to the report, all illegal drugs combined accounted for 0.1 percent of health problems worldwide, while alcohol contributed to 4.1 percent of illnesses and cigarettes 4 percent.

    The percentages were determined by gauging the burden on society of premature deaths and years lived with disability.

    "Health and social problems associated with use and dependence on tobacco, alcohol, and illicit substances require greater attention by the public-health community," said WHO Director-General Dr. Lee Jong-Wook.








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    Alcohol and Tobacco 'More Dangerous than Drugs'

    ALCOHOL and tobacco are more dangerous than illegal drugs such as marijuana or ecstasy, a new study claims.

    In research published today in the Lancet , Professor David Nutt of Bristol University and colleagues propose a new framework for the classification of harmful substances. Their ranking listed alcohol and tobacco among the ten most dangerous substances.

    Prof Nutt and colleagues used three factors to determine the harm associated with any drug: the physical harm to the user, the drug's potential for addiction and the impact on society of drug use.
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    Re: Alcohol and tobacco 'more dangerous than drugs'

    I thought it was already a known fact that cannabis is less harmful than tobacco and alcohol.

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    Re: Alcohol and tobacco 'more dangerous than drugs'

    I am sick and tired of seeing alcoholic youths stumbling around town and having fights when I occasionally go out dancing on Friday/Saturday night.

    There are a vast amount of ecstasy pills (and users) floating (!) about my town, but that is not the main social problem. The main social problem is alcoholism.

    The childishly self-proletariatized alcohol and tobacco users get no sympathy from my quarter. I am sick of the sight of their leathery old faces. I could slap them all!

    In relation to this, if Islam takes over in the UK, it will be pure social Darwinism, brought about by the native population's over-consumption of these ridiculous addictive toxins.

    The culture must change if the race is to remain the same!

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    Alcohol as dangerous as heroin


    Alcohol is as relatively dangerous to health as hard drugs such as heroin and the cocaine derivative crack, according to a new national health institute report quoted by the NRC.

    The RIVM has investigated the health dangers, social cost and likelihood of addiction of 19 drugs and legal substances including hallucenogenic mushrooms, alcohol and LSD.

    The aim of the ranking is to allow better evaluation of the Dutch drugs policy, which separates hard and soft drugs and turns a blind eye to the sale of limited amounts of marijuana, the RIVM said.

    Top of the list is crack cocaine, followed by heroin, alcohol, crystal meth and cocaine. Tobacco is in seventh place but is one of the top ranked in terms of its affect on society as a whole.

    The RIVM also published a separate report about cannabis, the paper says.

    The report says better public information should be published about the risks of psychosis, cancer and reduced ability to drive which are all associated with cannabis use.

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    Disturbing scans reveal how brain damage caused by alcohol carries on for up to SIX WEEKS after you stop drinking




    • Experts in Germany and Spain scanned the brains of alcoholics and non-drinkers
    • They found there was less activity in the drinkers' brains even weeks later
    • Areas of the brain controlling emotions, behaviour and memory were affected



    The headaches, feeling sick and tiredness caused by a hangover usually go away the next day.

    But your brain may still be feeling the effects of boozing for six weeks after, a study has found.

    Scientists used brain scans of alcoholics to find the white matter – parts of the brain containing nerves – continues changing after more than a month of being sober.



    Scans done by the researchers in Spain and Germany revealed there is significantly less electrical activity (shown by the blue lines) in the brain of an alcoholic after two weeks of sobriety (left) than in the brain of a teetotaller (right)


    Researchers at the Spanish Institute of Neuroscience and the Central Institute of Mental Health in Germany scanned the brains of 90 alcoholic men.

    The patients had ended up in hospital because of their drinking problems, and the scans were compared with 36 men who didn't have addictions.

    And while it was known that drinking alcohol changes how nerves communicate in the brain, the experts realised the changes continue when drinking stops.

    Although drinking can make people feel happier and more sociable, overuse can cause damage parts of the brain controlling thoughts and movement.

    Scans showed there is significantly less electrical activity in the brains of drinkers than of teetotallers – even after two weeks of sobriety.

    The changes were still present in the brain after six weeks of no alcohol, according to the research published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

    The researchers said their findings go against the conventional idea that damage from alcohol stops when the drinking ends.

    Dr Santiago Canals, one of the study authors, said: 'Until now, nobody could believe that in the absence of alcohol the damage in the brain would progress.'

    The two areas worst affected, the scans showed, were the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex.

    Memories, emotions, decision-making and behaviour are controlled by these parts of the organ, suggesting these characteristics could be particularly altered.

    'We found that at two and six weeks of abstinence, the microstructural changes progressed,' the scientists wrote in their report.

    They said the travel of the nerve signals continued to be restricted in the brain.

    And they added: 'These results challenge the conventional idea that the microstructural alterations start to revert to [normal] immediately after discontinuing alcohol consumption.'

    IS ALCOHOL OR CANNABIS WORSE FOR THE BRAIN?



    Alcohol damages the brain more than cannabis, research suggested in February 2017.

    Unlike booze, marijuana does not affect the size or integrity of white or grey matter in the brain, even after years of exposure, a study found.

    Grey matter enables the brain to function, while white controls communication between nerve clusters.

    Study author Professor Kent Hutchison, from the University of Colorado Boulder, said: 'While marijuana may also have some negative consequences, it definitely is nowhere near the negative consequences of alcohol.'

    The scientists add, however, research into cannabis' mental effects are still very limited.

    Lead author Rachel Thayer said: 'Particularly with marijuana use, there is still so much that we don't know about how it impacts the brain.'

    In the US, 44 percent of those aged 12 or over have used cannabis at some point in their lives.

    Although their findings appear positive, the researchers also add there is a long way to go before cannabis will likely be broadly legalised.

    Many are still concerned as to how the class-C drug affects people of different ages, manages pain and causes addiction.

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    Booze and dope have never been so cheap or readily available. Ever wonder WHY?

    A ’pissed’ and / or ‘stoned’ population is more compliant and easier to handle.

    The ruling elite may soon make it free and pipe it into your house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jagdmesser View Post
    Booze and dope have never been so cheap or readily available. Ever wonder WHY?

    A ’pissed’ and / or ‘stoned’ population is more compliant and easier to handle.

    The ruling elite may soon make it free and pipe it into your house.
    Agree with your stance there. Western Societies have a drug problem also for the reason that there isn't really the political will to clean that out. It's too convenient. Imagine what would happen if the dope supply was cut off over night with millions of addicts around.

    Alcohol isn't however not that cheap since most countries have a high tax on it. That means it could be cheaper, since it can be mass produced from water and sugar easily.

    That cannabis and harder drugs are less harmful than alcohol and tobacco is however a myth. It's just that the later are legal and commonly available, hence used by a larger group of people to a larger extent. The harmfulness of alcohol and tobacco are often brought up that try to justify illicit drug use that way. For some strange reason they think it's OK to consume dope and meth, if they get others to condemn brandy, beer and cigarettes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jagdmesser View Post
    Booze and dope have never been so cheap or readily available. Ever wonder WHY?

    A ’pissed’ and / or ‘stoned’ population is more compliant and easier to handle.

    The ruling elite may soon make it free and pipe it into your house.
    Sounds very unlikely.

    Take Sweden as an example: Around the year 1900, cheap and readily available alcohol was a massive problem. Visitors from other countries would say the country is lovely, but the people are too keen on the bottle. Soon, a large minority was calling out for a complete ban on alcohol. It didn't happen, but even today you can only buy stronger beers in special, government-regulated stores. So, booze is not cheap and readily available here any longer. And this is coming from everyone's favorite degenerate society as of late. Who woulda thunk it?

    Besides, drunks make for a lousy workforce. The recurrent image from back in the day was of drunk men ignoring work and beating their wives. Had I wanted a compliant population, no matter which conspiracy I'd be a part of, I'd hardly use something as unreliable as alcohol and drugs to do the job.

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