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''Legal'' Drugs That Are More Dangerous Than Illegal Ones

New research has found that alcohol and tobacco are more dangerous than some illegal drugs. When ranked based on actual risks posed to society, alcohol and tobacco are among the top 10 most dangerous substances.

Risk to society was calculated based on the physical harm to the user, the drug's potential for addiction, and the impact on society of the use of the drug. Groups of experts assigned scores to 20 different drugs, including heroin, cocaine, Ecstasy, amphetamines, and LSD.

Heroin, cocaine, barbiturates and street methadone were ranked the most dangerous. Alcohol was the fifth most harmful drug and tobacco was the ninth most harmful. Neither marijuana nor Ecstasy made the top 10.

Tobacco causes 40 percent of all hospital illnesses, while alcohol is a factor in more than half of all visits to hospital emergency rooms.

The Lancet March 24, 2007  (Free Full-Text Article but Registration Required)

USA Today March 23, 2007

Dr. Mercola's Comment:

It has been my experience that if you are eating the right foods with nutritional typing approaches, and have your emotional challenges balanced and are sleeping well, then you will typically feel so good that you simply will not desire to engage in using drugs.

Interestingly, these researchers did not include the most commonly used drug, caffeine, in their analysis. I am constantly surprised at how many people need to rely on caffeine to stimulate themselves for energy. Personally I find that very sad.

It is no surprise that tobacco and alcohol ranked high on the list. I have detailed the harmful effects of tobacco and alcohol to your health many times.

These results are indeed enlightening, especially with the growing number of studies documenting the very dubious "health benefits" of alcohol in treating rheumatoid arthritis and type 2 diabetes, and tobacco companies admitting they produced more addictive cigarettes.

Alcohol can leave you more vulnerable to various preventable cancers, and can also harm your body's delicate hormonal balance. It is also a neurotoxin that can poison your brain. Although some researchers recommended drinking in moderation, I remain highly skeptical of the reports of alcohol's benefits. I believe it should simply be avoided.

And while I believe that eating sugar is more dangerous than smoking cigarettes, and I even did a video on the topic, it is obviously best to not smoke.

However, it has been my experience that unless you have addressed your dietary challenges, most smokers trying to quit tend to substitute unhealthy "rewards" for their cigarettes. Smokers have some wonderful tools at their disposal to help them successfully quit while at the same time maintaining a healthy diet. Energy psychology techniques like EFT are a great way to get on the road to better health.

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