Alcohol or cannabis? Science finally reveals which one is more harmful
If you’ve ever wondered which is worse, booze or weed, it appears that science finally has the answer.
A comprehensive round-up of studies by the team over at IFLScience appears to show that cannabis really isn’t as bad for you as alcohol is. It’s also apparently much less addictive.
For example, a study of the drug habits of 8,000 Americans revealed that 15% could be classed as addicted to alcohol while 9% were addicted to weed.
According to the World Health Organisation, booze is thought to contribute to 3.3 million deaths across the globe each year. Which, soberingly, equates to one person dying every 10 seconds.
When it comes to the actual health implications,the site says that things are still not as conclusive as they should be.
Alcohol has long been linked to the likes of mouth and liver cancer while pot is believed to have some health benefits.
The page cites a famous study carried out in 2010 by the charity and research organisation Drugs Science. They determined that alcohol was the world’s most dangerous drug after considering sixteen different parameters of harm. This included harm to the individual and harm to society as a whole.
Heroin and crack cocaine came second and third in the list as, although they pose a greater danger to the individual user, they have less effect on the rest of society.
“Ranking twenty different drugs on sixteen different harms – that’s the best method we’ve had,” commented Dr David Nutt who headed up the research at the time.