Alchohol & Tobacco potentially more dangerous than other ‘drugs’

23 03 2007

idmulogo1.gifIn research published today in the Lancet , Professor David Nutt of Bristol University and colleagues propose a new framework for the classification of harmful substances. Their ranking listed alcohol and tobacco among the ten most dangerous substances.

ALCOHOL and tobacco are more dangerous than illegal drugs such as marijuana or ecstasy, the new study claims.

Prof Nutt and colleagues used three factors to determine the harm associated with any drug: the physical harm to the user, the drug’s potential for addiction and the impact on society of drug use. The researchers asked psychiatrists specialising in addiction and legal or police officials with scientific or medical expertise to assign scores to 20 different drugs.

Heroin and cocaine were ranked the most dangerous, followed by barbiturates and street methadone.

Alcohol was the fifth most harmful drug and tobacco the ninth most harmful. Cannabis came 11th, while ecstasy was near the bottom of the list.

Source : The Lancet

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