Alcohol and Tobacco Are More Harmful Than Many Illegal Drugs

Our happy hour fact to amaze your drinking buddies with.

Heroin and cocaine are the two most dangerous drugs; but alcohol and tobacco rate as riskier than most illegal substances.

(Source)  In what many drug experts feel is the most objective assessment of the relative danger of different illicit substances, British researchers rated 20 drugs on physical harm, risk of dependency and social costs. It shouldn’t surprise anyone who follows these things that both alcohol, which was fifth on the list, and tobacco, which was ninth, were judged to be more dangerous than marijuana.

What is a bit more surprising is that drugs with scary-sounding names and known traits, such as LSD and ecstasy, received lower overall scores than even pot with regards to how much harm they can cause.

With five of the nine most dangerous substances either available from your doctor or at your local convenience store, one can imagine that a properly targeted war on drugs would definitely shake things up.


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