Outlaw Professor Confirms Alcohol ‘More Harmful Than Heroin’

[disinfo ed.’s note: although we ran a story about this report previously, we decided that Aaron’s post had sufficient additional information to run it too.]

Not sure about the “harm score” reliability, but the chart is worth a gander nevertheless;  the BBC reports:

Alcohol is more harmful than heroin or crack, according to a study published in medical journal the Lancet. The report is co-authored by Professor David Nutt, the former UK chief drugs adviser who was sacked by the government in October 2009. It ranks 20 drugs on 16 measures of harm to users and to wider society.

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Gavin Partington, of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, said alcohol abuse affected “a minority” who needed “education, treatment and enforcement”.

The study also said tobacco and cocaine are judged to be equally harmful, while ecstasy and LSD are among the least damaging.

The modelling exercise concluded that heroin, crack and methylamphetamine, also known as crystal meth, were the most harmful drugs to individuals, but alcohol, heroin and crack cocaine were the most harmful to society.

When the scores for both types of harm were added together, alcohol emerged as the most harmful drug, followed by heroin and crack…

[continues at the BBC]

18 Comments on "Outlaw Professor Confirms Alcohol ‘More Harmful Than Heroin’"

  1. Anonymous | Nov 2, 2010 at 3:21 pm |

    Butane is a drug?
    Say what?

    Anybody here know about this?

  2. GoodDoktorBad | Nov 2, 2010 at 11:21 am |

    Butane is a drug?
    Say what?

    Anybody here know about this?

    • Yeah it’s an inhalant, comparable with sniffing glue.
      Weird that such a nasty substance is so low on the list.

  3. I agree that alcohol is probably one of the worst, but…. How are LSD, mushrooms and anabolic steroids worse for the user and others than cannabis? Is there a paper that goes with this chart to explain the findings?
    I never took a bong hit and then flew into a rage and punched anybody before.

  4. I agree that alcohol is probably one of the worst, but…. How are LSD, mushrooms and anabolic steroids worse for the user and others than cannabis? Is there a paper that goes with this chart to explain the findings?
    I never took a bong hit and then flew into a rage and punched anybody before.

    • Probably tar levels in the smoke are not so great for your lungs whereas LSD needs extremely high doses for toxicity. Although as a user of both I find it counter-intuitive to consider weed more dangerous than LSD.. maybe I’m not empirical enough??

    • Ironaddict06 | Nov 2, 2010 at 3:13 pm |

      I’d argue that steroids should be last on the list. Steroids have made many people millions of dollars and elite athletes, it even helped a few people in hollywood have very successfull careers.

  5. Anonymous | Nov 2, 2010 at 4:03 pm |

    I wonder why Cannabis is that high on the list.

    No pun intended.

  6. dextronaut | Nov 2, 2010 at 12:03 pm |

    I wonder why Cannabis is that high on the list.

    No pun intended.

  7. Yeah it’s an inhalant, comparable with sniffing glue.
    Weird that such a nasty substance is so low on the list.

  8. Probably tar levels in the smoke are not so great for your lungs whereas LSD needs extremely high doses for toxicity. Although as a user of both I find it counter-intuitive to consider weed more dangerous than LSD.. maybe I’m not empirical enough??

  9. Ironaddict06 | Nov 2, 2010 at 7:13 pm |

    I’d argue that steroids should be last on the list. Steroids have made many people millions of dollars and elite athletes, it even helped a few people in hollywood have very successfull careers.

  10. DeepCough | Nov 2, 2010 at 10:59 pm |

    How the hell is GHB (gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid), a date-rape drug, worse than weed?

  11. DeepCough | Nov 3, 2010 at 1:19 am |

    Correction–“Not worse than weed,” because, after all, no one has even died from weed.

  12. thanx for clearing that up. lol

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