51% Rate Alcohol More Dangerous Than Marijuana

By chillinwill · Aug 30, 2009 · ·
  1. chillinwill
    Pot or not, that is the question.

    Fifty-one percent (51%) of American adults say alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Just 19% disagree and say pot is worse.

    But 25% say both are equally dangerous. Just two percent (2%) say neither is dangerous.

    Younger adults are more likely than their elders to view alcohol as the more dangerous of the two.

    Fifty-three percent (53%) of women say alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana, compared to 48% of men. Men by a two-to-one margin over women say pot is riskier, but women are more inclined to say both are dangerous.

    Unmarried adults are more critical of alcohol than those who are married. Those with children at home think alcohol is more dangerous than those without kids living with them.

    Mexico recently decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults, and there are three initiatives being pushed in California to put marijuana legalization measures before voters in November 2010.

    As California looks for solutions to its ongoing budget problems, 47% of voters in the state say marijuana should be legalized and taxed. Nearly as many (42%) oppose the state legalizing and taxing the drug.

    Nationally, 41% of likely voters think the United States should legalize and tax marijuana, but 49% are opposed.

    President Obama’s new drug czar Gil Kerlikowske has signaled a shift away from the decades-old war on drugs toward more emphasis on health treatment for drug users. However, 54% of voters say illegal drug use is primarily a criminal justice issue rather than a matter of public health.

    Only 28% of voters believe that the legalization of marijuana in the United States would help to reduce drug-related violence in Mexico.

    Fifty-one percent (51%) of Americans believe the legal drinking age should stay at 21, but 30% favor lowering it to 18. One-out-of-two (50%) adults say drunk driving laws in the United States are not tough enough.

    Fifty percent (50%) of Americans favor increasing taxes on beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages to help provide health insurance for every one in the country. Forty percent (40%) are against such tax increases.

    Friday August 28, 2009
    Rasmussen Reports

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  1. EscapeDummy
    This isn't an opinion, it's a fact that marijuana is far less harmful. 49% of people in this survey are idiots, or misinformed. Period.
  2. novaclay
    Aye, many people are naive about such issues and here's a couple ideas that I think play into it.

    A lot of people side with alcohol just because it is legal, so of course it is less harmful.

    Marijuana is a "gateway" drug!

    Someone who is against drugs and alcohol altogether probably isn't going to bother researching either of them to find out which is "better" then the other.

    Religious views and twisted doctrine infiltrate a large number of people to believe that drugs are evil and everyone who smokes pot will go to hell.

    Somehow somewhere along the line alcohol has become its own entity and we have the term "drugs and alcohol" instead of alcohol being a drug.
  3. RedBaron
    Haha well put..... It's generally the ones with little to no experience with marijuana that make all these bizarre claims about how dangerous it is. Alcohol has a much more devastating addiction; giving the user both physical and mental withdrawals/ cravings as opposed to just mental for weed.........Also, how many people smoking pot go out and do something stupid and reckless under the influence? Not many at all compared to alcohol which is notorious for people 'acting a fool' and breaking laws............

    On a different note........ baron feels sorry for all the americans out there who have to wait till 21 to buy their own booze. Some provinces in Canada are just 18:cool:.
  4. Space Numpty
    It frightens SWIM that the bullshit surrounding marijuana perpetrated by Nixon still penetrates so deep into US society today. In the year 2000 85,000 deaths in the US where linked directly to alcohol. In the same year deaths related to Marijuana where 0. Infact SWIM does not know of one Marijuana related death to be recorded anywhere EVER.

    SWIM knows of an old report of a man returning from Barbados who had 6 condoms full of pure hash oil in his stomach that burst. He spent three months in hospital asleep/comatose and awoke as hungry as hell but otherwise none the worse for the "ordeal". As SWIM once read "The fatal doesage for cannabis is a one ton block of it dropped on your head from the top of the Eiffel tower"

    SWIM couldn't find any statistic relating to hospital admission in the US for negative mental effects of either Marijuana of Alcohol, but again would hazard a guess that Alcohol comes top of that leader board. A recent study by UK government scientists found that there was NO direct link to cannabis use and psychosis/schitzophrenia. SWIM has discussed this with a psychiatrist who is regarded by many as the UK's foremost expert on alcohol and drug abuse who said to SWIM that in his professional opinion people who as pre-disposed to mental problems WILL stand a greater chance of such disorders becoming prevolent if they where to regularly use cannabis. He did say that risk is much smaller when smoking lower grade forms of marijuana and hashish (e.g standard weed say thai/mexican. Hashish say moroccan or afghan) and likewise the risk is greater when smoking high grade weed/hash (e.g skunk derivatives/ isolator hash). On the other hand alcohol is well documented as directly causing depression, anxiety, agressive tendancies, deceptive behavior, headache, difficulty sleeping, hallucinations and illusions.

    SWIM knows which he'd rather use...
  5. Kamuix
    The only reason alcohol isn't considered a "gateway" drug is because you're brought up not to look at alcohol as a drug. it's a liquid you can drink and get drunk off of but is rarely referred to as a high..

    So there's alcohol which is ok if it's used responsibly. Then there's Cigarettes which are bad.. Then there's THE DRUGS! THERE THE WORST! F$CK YOU!

    Swim wants to go back and shoot his D.A.R.E in the face for brainwashing Swim for... 6 years. Not to mention all the still brainwashed people he has to put with haha
  6. missparkles
    Sparkles thinks one of the reasons most see getting drunk, especially younger people getting drunk, is that it's a rite of passage. A step from childhood to adulthood. This acceptability isn't extended to other substances. No one sees that getting drunk is not only dangerous, but also an extremely addictive behaviour.
    How many times have you heard an adult say "yeah, little Mark got drunk...but kids are gonna experiment?"
    This is so stupid, especially when little Mark gets high, and the parents are considering interventions as the only way to get him "un-addicted." Sparkles thinks people need educating, till then 49% of the population, which is incredibly high even today, are gonna believe the BS they've been force fed all of their lives.
    But you can't blame em...really. People assume the government is keeping them safe, after all, they wouldn't harm em...would they? So they believe everything, don't think for themselves. Then they pass this onto their kids, and it begins all over again.
    Sparkles apologises if that was slightly off topic, but she still believes it was relevant.
    Take care.
  7. novaclay
    Absolutely right, and sparkles wasn't off topic at all. It's that exact type of thinking that is the cause for these ridiculous statistics.
  8. Master_Khan
    Very well stated by all of the replies, so I won't repeat what was well covered. The demonization of marijuana by the Nixon and Reagan administrations in order to further their political agendas is well documented and remains a polarizing force in American culture til this day. Well informed citizens are entirely aware that alcohol as a drug belongs in a category with heroin, meth, and crack, whereas marijuana is much less harmful than even tylenol and should be found on pharmacy shelves between the q-tips and sunblock. In a truly eutopian society, fifth graders would be able to go out and play in the school yard after a healthy lunch of hemp chips and canniburgers.
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