Tobacco, alcohol and other drugs from a scientific point of view

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  1. Liu Kang

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    I just wanted to share this graph with y'all which is a scale ranking differents drugs (including tobacco, alcohol) :

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    It's a scale summarizing a study from The Lancet, which is a well-respect medical journal.

    The study analized differents drugs from different classes (A (most penalized), B and C) as ranked in the Misuse of Drugs Act which was a law applied in Commonwealth countries.
    For scientific purposes, the journal added Alcohol, Alkyl Nitrites (most known as poppers), Ketamine (later classified), Khat, Solvents (glue, ethanol, chloroform, gasoline, ether) and Tobacco which were not classified in the Drugs Act.

    Here's a quote summing up the whole study :
    Here are the tables of the study (in spoiler tags because these are big images) :
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    2007 status of the 20 assessed substances
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    Mean harm scores
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    Correlation between mean scores and addiction
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    Final classification
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    Here's the full .PDF of the study :
    LINK : Psychoactive drugs of misuse: rationalising the irrational, 2007

    Here's a report in .PDF from the Science and Technology Committee (UK Parliament) discussing this drug classification seeing as more political than scientific :
    LINK : Drug classification: making a hash of it?
     
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    the "drug czar" of the UK was fired over this study by the way. They were especially upset where MDMA the gawd drug was placed :lawd:
     
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    Where does strong aspirin fall on this list.
     
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    If you wanna learn a little bit about the history and hypocrisies behind drug legalization/wars i highly suggest this book: it looks at the big three legals (coffee, alcohol, tobacco) and the big three illegals (cocaine marijuana opium) and delineates why they are in their current situations.

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    but it's not "up thre" with tobacco and alcohol. alcohol, aka that demonic liquid you slip roofies into
     
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    1.7 psychological addiction mean score
    .8 physical addiction mean score

    :ehh: not bad at all.

    I don't have an addictive personality.
     
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    solvents = sniffing chemicals?

    this seems a bit out of whack :ld: or maybe just underscores that alcohol is more harmful than people realize
     
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    Only one I think is out of whack is tobacco. shyt is extremely harmful in the long-term, not so much so in terms of acute symptoms..

    If you've ever been out drinking you should be able to easily see how dangerous alcohol is..

    We have a beer walk here every year, last year two drunk fukks got into a fight, dude got knocked out and slammed his head onto the concrete. Dead.
     
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    :beli: I don't think that's what they mean by physical harm
     
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    yep, glue, paint, and that kinda stuff
     
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    I'm pretty sure their harm scores involve the costs/harm to society as well.

    Amy Winehouse died trying to quit drinking alcohol. Just because its legal doesn't mean its safe. Cigarettes are legal and they kill millions of people.
     
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    On the same tip, there is the HOOKED : ILLEGALS DRUGS AND HOW THEY GET THAT WAY series :

    Pt 1 : Marijuana and Methamphetamine


    Pt 2 : Opium, Morphine and Heroin


    Pt 3 : Cocaine


    Pt 4 : Ecstasy, LSD and party drugs
     
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