According to neuropharmacologist David Nutt, MD, of Imperial College London, the answer in YES!
This is jaw-dropping news to me! I thought I’d already kick my two most detrimental habits marijuana and cigarettes! Apparently not!
David Nutt and his colleagues rated 20 different drugs on a scale, which takes into account the various harms caused by a drug. Not just the obvious harms to the user but those harms that each drug has on society. The drugs were rated on nine damages a drug causes an individual and seven damages it causes to society.
Alcohol was found to be the most harmful drug to society! But was the fourth most harmful drug to users – exceeded by Heroin, crack and meth.
Did you know?
- Alcohol has been linked to more than 60 diseases
- 2 billion people consume alcohol worldwide
- 76 million people have alcohol use disorders
- Alcohol causes 1.8 million deaths every year. That is 3.2% of deaths worldwide
- Alcohol is the 3rd most common cause of death in developed countries
- Adults consume 5 litre of pure alcohol per year from drinking beer, wine and spirits
- The highest consumption is Europe followed by America and Africa
- The alcohol consumption stats do not include all alcohol consumed. Recorded alcohol consumption stats do not reflect the homemade/brewed alcohol and unrecorded trade.
Something to think about next time I want a drink!