Alcohol more harmful than heroin shocker!


Every now and then a report comes out highlighting that alcohol is a) a drug, and b) quite a powerful one.

Professor David Nutt, formerly the drug advisor to the Labour government who was sacked for his unpalatable views, has reiterated his stance that alcohol and tobacco are more dangerous than LSD and ecstasy. And this time he’s backed it up with a table as well.

Yup, alcohol is sitting proudly at the very top, just above heroin and crack.

The result is a combination based on two subtotals – “harm to society” and “harm to the individual”, which were measured using 16 criteria between them.

David Nutt valiantly tries to explain the data to Bill Turnbull and Sian Williams on this morning’s BBC Breakfast provoking Sian’s rather puzzled response, “so heroin’s not dangerous?” leaving poor old Prof Nutt having to point out that he’s not suggesting everyone run out and start jacking up rather than drinking.

As Professor Nutt explains, alcohol holds it’s coveted position partly because its use is the most widespread of any drug and so it’s bound to have more effect on society than any other. And, as with all drugs, it can harm the user when overdone.

So it’s probably not time to swap your Merlot for Magic Mushrooms quite yet.

And we are very sure that no subscribers to Wine of the Week can remember the last time that they drunk irresponsibly. Or at least they can’t remember the getting home part of it, anyway.

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3 Responses to Alcohol more harmful than heroin shocker!

  1. Rob Wade November 3, 2010 at 17:46 #

    This has the initial shock factor, but ultimate irrelevance, of being told that we’re more likely to die from falling down the stairs than from falling off a cliff.

    Alcohol is dangerous when misused…so are stairs…I’m not sure where I’m going with this.

    • MorayJ November 3, 2010 at 18:16 #

      Always exercise caution when mixing alcohol with stairs. And extreme caution when mixing it with cliffs.

  2. stevo November 8, 2010 at 20:35 #

    wonder what the world would be like if 34 million brits reguarly took heroin of a night. do wonders for population control, bit like the black death.

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