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ALCOHOL VS DRUGS

Hard drinking more harmful than Ecstacy drug

Alcohol is closer to heroin and cocaine in risk.

BY OUR PHARMA CORRESPONDENT


March 26, 2007: Hard drinkers beware. A new study has revealed that alcohol is much more harmful than the drug ecstasy. The revelations are part of a controversial new classification system proposed by a team of leading scientists.

According to a report, The Lancet Medical Journal has published the findings drawn up by a team of experts. The findings also have proposed that drugs need to be classified by the amount of harm that they do. Till now, it has been believed that the risks of ecstasy, which kills around ten people annually of the half a million people who use it every weekend, was on a high. The risks of alcohol have been underestimated, said the report.

The findings have also given a call to overhaul the UK drug classification system, which will be examined by the forthcoming UK Drug Policy Commission, and is likely to receive popular public support, according to research into attitudes to drugs by the Academy of Medical Sciences’ Drugs Futures project, the report added. The research report said that the most striking observation is that there is no statistical correlation between this ranking of harm of drugs and the ABC classification.

According to the new system legal drugs, such as alcohol and nicotine, are ranked alongside illegal drugs. It further said that the new ranking places alcohol and tobacco in the upper half of the league table. These socially accepted drugs were judged more harmful than cannabis, and substantially more dangerous than the Class A drugs LSD, 4-methylthioamphetamine and ecstasy. Meanwhile, alcohol is close to dangerous drugs like heroin and cocaine.
 

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