Here’s a question – which drug would you personally believe to be the most dangerous in the world? It’s the kind of subject everyone has their own opinion on, but when it comes to hard facts and statistics, there’s absolutely no disputing the fact that alcohol tops the table. Recent studies have shown that close to 90% of people will drink alcohol during their lifetime, while no less than 70% of men drink alcohol at least once every week.
Of course, extremely careful and moderate alcohol consumption has the potential to be relatively harmless. Nevertheless, you need only consider the thousands of people up and down the country seeking residential rehab centres for alcoholics right now to figure out that alcohol really is exponentially more dangerous than most realise.
But why? What is it about alcohol that makes it even more dangerous than the deadliest illegal drugs on the face of the earth:
1 – Availability
Well, first of all there is the way in which alcohol remains perhaps the single most readily available and easily accessible recreational drug on the planet. These days, no matter where you are, what you want, how much cash you have available or what time of day or night it is, alcohol is readily available on a 24/7 basis. Not only does this encourage round-the-clock alcohol purchase and consumption, but also gives the public in general all the more reason to believe that as it is so readily available, it cannot be dangerous.
2 – It Kills Happiness
A recent study found that in a rather shocking proportion of instances, everything from depression to neurosis to divorce to drug addiction in some way stem from alcohol use and abuse. It was determined that on a global basis, there is quite simply no drug in existence more capable of destroying happiness and triggering catastrophic consequences than alcohol. Even without bringing alcohol addiction into consideration, it is still the drug that kills happiness more routinely and comprehensively than any other.
3 – It Is a Global Killer
Research has also shown that alcohol remains the number one cause of death for British adults between the ages of 16 and 60. In the United States alone, somewhere in the region of 90,000 people lose their lives every single year to alcohol abuse. Even more shockingly, at least one person is killed by a drunk driver in the United States every 50 minutes. And in terms of economic impact, this incredible and on-going tragedy costs the US government in excess of $60 billion every single year.
4 – Assault Rates
It’s not only individual health to represents an enormous concern when it comes to alcohol abuse. It is also well known and well documented that alcohol and assault rates (both sexual and otherwise) are directly linked. According to a study carried out by Harvard researchers, communities, campuses and regions where binge drinking is commonplace tend to have some of the highest rates of physical and sexual assault – far over and above areas where binge drinking rates are lower. Alcohol and violence are intrinsically linked in a manner that simply cannot be compared to any other recreational drug in existence.
5 – Hypocrisy
Another reason why alcohol represents such an enormous global threat is the way in which both the media and governmental authorities are so incredibly hypocritical and biased. Such an extraordinary amount of time, effort and money alike are invested in the kinds of public health campaigns, law enforcement strategies and general government muscle-flexing that target pretty much each and every recreational drug that isn’t currently taxed. Nevertheless, given the fact that the government makes such a biblical amount of money from alcohol taxation, they seem to have no problem putting it in the hands of the masses for pennies. So once again, you are led to believe that alcohol is a safe drug, when it is in fact quite to the contrary.
6 – We Lead By Example
Last but not least, it’s pretty inevitable that alcohol will continue to pose the same extensive and direct threat to society for many generations to come. The reason being that while today’s binge drinking and heavy general drinking culture is toxic enough, it is also setting a truly terrible example for the next generation. It’s one thing to increase public education and understanding, but it will always be the example we set that has the greatest influence over younger adults and teenagers. If we do nothing other than sweep the dangers of alcohol under the rug, we cannot expect the next generation to do anything but the same.