Ask anyone on the street and asked them what they thought the most dangerous drug was, the answers would likely focus around drugs like heroin, LSD, methamphetamine and others. But what about alcohol? Alcohol can be classified as a depressant, a form of drug that slows down vital functions and reduces a person’s ability to think rationally and can distort their judgment. It also happens to be the most dangerous drug out there.
In 2010, a study was conducted that found that alcohol was in fact the most dangerous drug available after creating a point system in which the danger-levels of each drug could be measured. The study was led by David Nutt and looked at 20 drugs, analyzing them according to 16 different points of criteria. This list of harms caused by alcohol includes: drug specific mortality, damage and impairment of mental functioning, drug-related mortality, damage and impairment of mental functioning, dependence, loss of tangibles, loss of relationships, injury, crime, environmental damage, family adversities, international damage, economic cost and community. Using these measurements, it was found that alcohol boasted a rating of 72 putting it above heroin (55), crack (54) and crystal meth (33). This makes alcohol more than twice as harmful as crystal meth, more than three times as harmful as amphetamine and even more than six times as harmful as ecstasy. This took into consideration the harm alcohol creates in relation to crime, dependence, death rate of the user, mental impairment of the consumer and economic cost which showed it to be the most harmful even when compared to drugs like cocaine or heroin that most people would guess to be the worst.
One question that would follow this information would be why. Why is alcohol so dangerous? Truthfully there are a number of reasons why:
These are just some of the reasons that alcohol can be so dangerous and is currently ranked as the most dangerous drug. In most cases, people can drink at dinner or at a social event without a problem, keeping themselves limited to a safe amount. In some cases though a person may develop an addiction to alcohol, called alcoholism, in which they need to drink to function. This will severely reduce the quality of their health, relationships and lifestyle, often causing families to break apart and shortening the life of the drinker.