Alcohol is even worse than heroin and crack on the list of “most harmful” drugs, according to a new study published in the British medical journal, The Lancet.
A variety of social, physical and psychological problems that are caused by drugs were examined by a panel of experts, who concluded that alcohol, heroin and crack were the most harmful to others while heroin, crack cocaine and methamphetamine were the most harmful to individual users, CNN reported.
Dr. Petros Livados, director of the Addiction Institute of New York at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, agreed with the study findings.
“Both in terms of the medical consequences as well as societal consequences, I agree that alcohol ranks very high in overall harmfulness,”he told the News. “Alcohol has tremendous repercussions in our society in terms of drunk driving and societal consequences."
Twenty drugs were scored on 16 criteria — nine related to the harms that a particular drug does to an individual and seven to the harms a drug does to others. All the drugs were scored out of 100 points, and overall, alcohol came in the highest, at 72 points, according to The Lancet. Heroin came in second with 55 points and crack cocaine took third place with 54 points.
While cocaine and tobacco were found to be equally harmful, LSD and ecstasy were found to be the least harmful, according to BBC.com. …