A study in the UK Alcohol is the most harmful drug to addict and other people around them, alcohol scored more than 70% on a maximum possible harm scale .
According to the study alcohol is the most harmful drug in Britain, scoring 72 out of a possible 100, far more damaging than heroin (55) or crack cocaine (54). It is the most harmful to others by a wide margin, and is ranked fourth behind heroin, crack, and methamphetamine (crystal meth) for harm to the individual.
Study was paid for by Britain's Centre for Crime and Justice Studies and was published online Monday in the medical journal, Lancet.
Experts said that alcohol scored so high because it is so widely used and has devastating consequences not only for drinkers but for those around them.
"Just think about what happens (with alcohol) at every football game," said Wim van den Brink, a professor of psychiatry and addiction at the University of Amsterdam. He was not linked to the study and co-authored a commentary in the Lancet.
When drunk in excess, alcohol damages nearly all organ systems. It is also connected to higher death rates and is involved in a greater percentage of crime than most other drugs, including heroin.
May be the biggest problem about alcohol is being legal so people never think about what might hit them when they drink alcohol, while the spotlight is going to other drugs and types of addiction alcohol is not having the same interest in media as a harmful product may be because it`s carrying the label of product
Some Eastern and Middle Eastern countries doesn't have alcohol addiction widespread and this is not just because of laws because a lot of these countries does not have any laws against alcohol, but because society considered it bad according religious background so many people never drank alcohol so that they never miss it in their daily life routine ! anccording to the golden rule you will never miss any thing unless you test it.
"Drug harms in the UK: a multi-criteria decision analysis", by David Nutt, Leslie King and Lawrence Phillips, on behalf of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs. The Lancet.