Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free

On average what's more dangerous 'alcohol' or 'weed'? Watch

  • View Poll Results: What's more dangerous 'alcohol' or 'weed'?
    Alcohol
    87.04%
    Weed
    12.96%

    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    so what do you think?
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    It depends long term or short term?
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by xxm)
    It depends long term or short term?
    Might as well say both...


    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Alcohol is by far more dangerous. To start with, weed is not addictive, unlike alcohol. The immediate effects of weed put you in far less danger than the intoxicated state alcohol will often leave you in. Drunkenness causes all sorts of injuries. Although any kind of smoke is generally bad for you to a certain extent, weed contains no carcinogens, meaning there is almost no chance of it causing cancer or any other similar diseases. Drinking, on the other hand, causes 13000 cancer related deaths each year. Alcohol takes lives daily; weed does not. It's obvious which is more dangerous.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by UnicornFairy12)
    Alcohol is by far more dangerous. To start with, weed is not addictive, unlike alcohol. The immediate effects of weed put you in far less danger than the intoxicated state alcohol will often leave you in. Drunkenness causes all sorts of injuries. Although any kind of smoke is generally bad for you to a certain extent, weed contains no carcinogens, meaning there is almost no chance of it causing cancer or any other similar diseases. Drinking, on the other hand, causes 13000 cancer related deaths each year. Alcohol takes lives daily; weed does not. It's obvious which is more dangerous.
    then why does everyone act like alcohol isn't very dangerous?

    what about small amounts of both?
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    People don't act like alcohol isn't very dangerous.
    Weed is less dangerous. Long term and short term.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by AeneasBK)
    People don't act like alcohol isn't very dangerous.
    Weed is less dangerous. Long term and short term.
    That's what a lot of people say so why do people act the complete opposite? why is this?
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by non)
    That's what a lot of people say so why do people act the complete opposite? why is this?
    Maybe because weed is illegal, people assume because of this it is more harmful. People don't take the time to look into it and do their research.

    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by non)
    That's what a lot of people say so why do people act the complete opposite? why is this?
    In a VERY simplistic explanation, it was made illegal in the US due to political pressure from the textiles industry who realised the competition inherent in growing hemp. TO make it socially unacceptable, a large scale propaganda campaign was waged : see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reefer_madness for an example.

    As a result this continuing myth about cannabis being a harmful gateway drug remain to this day. Alcohol, on the other hand, has always been a reliable source of income, and so at the opposite end of the scale, due to the political influence that big piles of money have, the danger has always been downplayed, and its social acceptability broadcasted, leading to the myth that alcohol is perfectly safe.

    Truth of the matter is ANY ACTIVITY is harmful unless moderation is used. Cycling a bike is healthy and a great source of exercise, cycling for 12 hours every day at the expense of other activities, on the other hand, is not. Drinking all day or smoking all day are neither healthy activities. But drinking 12 hours a day will KILL you a lot quicker. Smoking 12 hours a day won't.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by non)
    then why does everyone act like alcohol isn't very dangerous?

    what about small amounts of both?
    Propaganda.
    Offline

    17
    ReputationRep:
    According to David Nutt and his report that he was commissioned by the government to produce following an investigation of the dangers of drugs, only heroin and cocaine are more dangerous than alcohol.
    He was fired for not producing what the government wanted though, so not many people know about this.
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by minimarshmallow)
    According to David Nutt and his report that he was commissioned by the government to produce following an investigation of the dangers of drugs, only heroin and cocaine are more dangerous than alcohol.
    He was fired for not producing what the government wanted though, so not many people know about this.
    fired for lack of quality of work or other factors that would be understandable
    or
    fired because of showing most drugs were not as dangerous as alcohol which they did not expect/want? :holmes:
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    cannabis is illegal in the UK because it was only relatively recently introduced as a substance to smoke, whereas alcohol has been drunk in the UK for centuries because it was one of the only sources of hydration while water was unsanitary and so would not easily be criminalized. As for the statistics about death caused by alcohol and cannabis, i dont think that you can really compare them as a lot more people drink alcohol than smoke cannabis because cannabis is illegal, so of course there will be more deaths resulting from alcohol.
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    It is a myth that cannabis is not as harmful when most people in britain smoke it without a filter and mixed with tobacco which does produce carcinogenic chemicals. It just as bad for your lungs as smoking cigarettes.
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by UnicornFairy12)
    Alcohol is by far more dangerous. To start with, weed is not addictive, unlike alcohol. The immediate effects of weed put you in far less danger than the intoxicated state alcohol will often leave you in. Drunkenness causes all sorts of injuries. Although any kind of smoke is generally bad for you to a certain extent, weed contains no carcinogens, meaning there is almost no chance of it causing cancer or any other similar diseases. Drinking, on the other hand, causes 13000 cancer related deaths each year. Alcohol takes lives daily; weed does not. It's obvious which is more dangerous.
    Though I agree with your general advice - there are several inaccuracies there.
    Alcohol is barely more addictive than weed, though it's very possible to develop a psychological dependance during vulnerable times such as depression.

    Smoking weed is no less harmful than tobacco - both are as likely to cause cancer as they contain the typical cancer-causing products of combustion. It's just that the cigarette smoker will smoke more frequently than the cannabis smoker. Also, don't forget that cannabis is smoked without filters, increasing the amount of tar intake.

    So really, the harm is much more influenced by quantity than anything else.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    *******s, if you know how to make weed the proper way it is safe, and may even be beneficial to you.

    I hate alcohol, and I don't get why it's so popular, must be a social thing, which I find pretty sad, that you have to have alcohol to have a good time socially.

    Marijuana is safer for consumers and for the community. The simple fact that you can grow some pretty good **** in your back garden easily really is a dumper for the people looking to make money from it.
    Offline

    11
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Sammydemon)
    Alcohol is barely more addictive than weed, though it's very possible to develop a psychological dependance during vulnerable times such as depression.
    Alcohol is far more addictive, not only is it physically addictive unlike weed but going cold turkey can be fatal.

    (Original post by Sammydemon)
    Smoking weed is no less harmful than tobacco - both are as likely to cause cancer as they contain the typical cancer-causing products of combustion. It's just that the cigarette smoker will smoke more frequently than the cannabis smoker. Also, don't forget that cannabis is smoked without filters, increasing the amount of tar intake.
    I'm afraid its just not as simple as that, there is very little evidence that cannabis causes cancer and not through lack of testing. Low cannabis use is actually associated with a reduced risk of cancer, just having the carcinogens present is not enough to cause cancer, it seems there are other factors at play with cannabis.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    well weed doesnt kill for a start...
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Probably alcohol..
    Offline

    17
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Dmon1Unlimited)
    fired for lack of quality of work or other factors that would be understandable
    or
    fired because of showing most drugs were not as dangerous as alcohol which they did not expect/want? :holmes:
    They wanted a study that backed up the current classification system. He told it like it was, which didn't back up the current classification system (my lecturer said that his methodology was sound) and they fired him.

    I can't remember where exactly weed came (I could dig out my notes but I'm revising something else atm, exam is tomorrow), but I think it was worse than ecstasy, which was 17/20
 
 
 
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Has a teacher ever helped you cheat?
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Write a reply...
    Reply
    Hide
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.