Alcohol is a more dangerous ‘drug’ than heroin and crack cocaine because of the harm it causes to the individual and society, according to a controversial study [prepared by] Professor David Nutt, the former head of the influential British Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.
Professor Nutt’s new research team, the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs, analysed how addictive a drug is and how it harms the human body, as well as factors such as health care, social services, and prison costs. They found heroin, crack cocaine and methamphetamine, or crystal meth, to be the most lethal to individuals. When considering the wider social effects, alcohol, heroin and crack cocaine were the most dangerous.
But overall, alcohol outranked all other substances. – Daily Mail
Damn. Good thing it’s legal.
Far more dangerous to individuals and society are highly credentialed crackpots whose capacity to proclaim utter crap at the top of their lungs seems uninhibited by common sense or decency, let alone logic.
Alcohol has been part of normal, ordinary life for thousands of years. It has been enjoyed by some of the world’s greatest thinkers, leaders, and achievers as well as rank and file slobs like myself whose capacity to live and love is absolutely enhanced by its availability, not diminished. Tell me the same is true of heroin, crack, or the slimy shit you can lick off the warty shoulders of buffo toads.
Besides, were it not for alcohol, how many of us would EVER have gotten laid?
Is it addictive? Damn betcha. So is golf, gambling, and Coca-Cola. And sex, tobacco, Physical exercise, and work. Stop blaming the stimulus, and start concentrating on the user whose self-control needs a kick in the ass. Of course, to do so is to (a) attribute personal responsibility, which is not nearly as popular as embracing victimhood, and (b) disruptive to the income of entire legions of quacks and frauds known as “counselors” and “therapists.”
And don’t get me started on eating disorders.
Most of the alleged research into addictive behavior begins from the premise that the substance (or practice) is the problem. It isn’t. It’s the human agent whose self-control has been retarded by any number of possible factors, but all of which find common ground in the so-called victim’s voluntary participation.
The great moral crime of contemporary American society is acceptance of the belief that the individual is a passive agent, a victim, a patient stricken by a condition outside his or her control. How many times have you heard that “addiction is a disease,” like cancer of TB? And the reason for this belief has more to do with Big Pharma and their lackeys in the healing professions finding ways to mine this approach for zillions of dollars. Yet another triumph of capitalism.
Bah. What’s the use. Meet me at the bar and we’ll go to hell together.