Alcohol More Deadly than AIDS

The World Health Organization released a disturbing report on drug use yesterday:

Alcohol causes nearly 4 percent of deaths worldwide, more than AIDS, tuberculosis or violence, the World Health Organization warned on Friday.

Approximately 2.5 million people die each year from alcohol related causes, the WHO said in its “Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health.”

Keep in mind that no one in recorded medical history has ever overdosed on marijuana, but our government continues to list it as a Class A narcotic. What I found more troubling than these grim statistics (and unspoken distortion) was this suggestion:

Yet alcohol control policies are weak and remain a low priority for most governments despite drinking’s heavy toll on society from road accidents, violence, disease, child neglect and job absenteeism, it said.

Yeah. Because those control policies on alcohol have worked so well in the past, and are highly effective in controlling other substances today. Just ask our neighbors how effective and wonderful their substance control policies are, because 34,000 dead Mexicans can’t be wrong.

Indeed, World Health Organization. We should seriously consider doubling down on the policy of prohibition!

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2 Responses to Alcohol More Deadly than AIDS

  1. roopost says:

    Drae,

    As a sidebar, when is the last time you heard of a man going on a domestic violence rampage after smoking a coner? In fact, when is the last time you heard of anyone doing anything significant at all after smoking a coner? Marijuana – a class A narcotic – Ha!

    Kind regards,

    • Drae says:

      When I was a regular at my local drinking establishment, one of the gentleman I would often sit and chat with was a retired Minneapolis police officer. One evening, we had a very honest discussion about drugs, and he told me, “Drae – in all my years on the force, I never once took a call to go to some pot head’s house because he was beating his wife.”

      There is a group of such law enforcement people now, called L.E.A.P. (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition). Who would know better than these people that the drug war isn’t working, except for maybe a Border Patrol agent?

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