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Parents ‘see drink as better than drugs’

  1. 0utrider
    [h1]Parents ‘see drink as better than drugs’ [/h1]
    http://www.sundayherald.com/news/he....0.parents_see_drink_as_better_than_drugs.php

Comments

  1. Sitbcknchill
    Parents see drink as better than drugs simply because it is legal. That is very sad in my opinion. Just goes to show how poorly educated on the subject matter most who do not use are. I don't know how many times I have heard someone comment on how one thing is better than the other on the sole grounds that it is a legal substance. Shame really....

    What's even more disturbing is they separate them into two categories. Drink (alcohol), and drugs.....


    Maybe one day people realize it isn't the drink or drugs getting them into sticky situations, it is the abuse and over consumption.

    Education is key to helping this problem and by education I am talking about the right education. Not such programs as DARE.
  2. Ryu
    Eduacation is the key, if people knew the bio-chemistry and pharmicology of different substances we would live in a much nicer world
  3. chemlove
    This is crazy alcohol last time I checked was a drug. This is crazy to even think that parents would say one drug is better then others just because its legal. I can't believe that people would think that way. Personally SWIM says that any parent that tells kids that alcohol is better then Marijuana should be lock up in an asylum. It's widely know that judgment skills and motor skills are way less effected by Marijuana then alcohol.
  4. Felonious Skunk
    First of all, the "authorities" are frustrated when these parents say, "at least they are not taking drugs." Such a statement is only the result of the propaganda/misinformation campaigns enacted by these very same "authorities." Maybe a little less "authority" and a little more truthful information.

    What the fuck is wrong with Scotland?
  5. Mr. Giraffe
    As one of the heaviest drinking nations (we're Number 1! We're Number 1!), I'm going to go for the theory that they've collectively killed so many brain cells that they're only capable of speaking semi-coherent half thoughts that sort of dribble out of their mouth before their brain realises it's speaking, having previously been entirely concerned with standing and breathing at the same time.

    Seriously, though, I find the social attitudes in this part of the (heavy drinking) world tend to mirror the attitude of the alcoholic - denial, transference of harm onto other substances and a self-centered conviction that, because you do it, it's okay. It's the 'other' which is scary, wrong, and whose users should be locked up so we can all get on with drinking ourselves into liver failure and drunkenly stabbing each other.
  6. Pondlife
    There is more than just the direct harm done by the drug (whether legal or otherwise) to consider. Use of illegal drugs can lead to the person being stigmatised in many social circles. More importantly the possibility of criminal prosecution represents a danger to the person's future career.

    I agree totally that alcohol is a potentially dangerous drug, and this view is supported by the 2007 paper "Development of a rational scale to assess the harm of drugs of potential misuse", which is available here: http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/local_links.php?action=jump&id=1561&catid=15

    Below is the graph from this report, which ranks the various drugs by "harm". It's important to read the paper to understand how "harm" is defined though.

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  7. Nature Boy
    Alcohol may be deemed better than marijuana simply because of its legal status. A seventeen year-old busted with a few cans of beer will only get a slap on the wrist whereas in most places, an underager being caught with some pot is considered a pretty big offense.

    SWIM's father was never one to preach about the dos and don'ts of drug use but he did mention to be particularly careful when it came to getting caught with anything illegal. I think this is a worry that plays on a lot of parents' minds regarding their children. They trust them enough not to make fools of themselves but they fear the system could turn them into another juveline delinquent offender.
  8. MrG
    They might think that, but would it not make sense for them to actually state which drugs they believe alcohol is superior to?

    Caffeine? Nicotine? LSD? Cocaine? Marijuana? Paracetamol?
  9. 0utrider
    AW: Parents ‘see drink as better than drugs’

    of course, but thats not a good contra-argument, since anti-drug propaganda always works with generalization and de-information.
    otherwise it would not (necessarily) be "anti", but rather "about"
  10. sweetsweetmary
    Gotta love quotes like these fucking classic. So older teenagers are of age. Oh this is scotland, ha, aren't I the idiot.
  11. cra$h
    swim believes alcohol is worse than drugs like cannibis, and even drugs along the lines of heroin, simply because it can hurt other people than yourself, as they stated when the man was beaten to death. a bunch of pot heads would have just let what ever the situation would be slide, and wouldn't want it to reach a physical level.
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