A Headline You Will Never See For Cannabis

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director February 14, 2011

    From Reuters News Wire:

    Alcohol kills more than AIDS, TB or violence
    Drinking causes more than 4 percent of deaths worldwide, WHO warns

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

    … 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.

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

    “The harmful use of alcohol is especially fatal for younger age groups and alcohol is the world’s leading risk factor for death among males aged 15-59,” the report found.

    Alcohol is a causal factor in 60 types of diseases and injuries, according to WHO’s first report on alcohol since 2004.

    Its consumption has been linked to cirrhosis of the liver, epilepsy, poisonings, road traffic accidents, violence, and several types of cancer, including cancers of the colorectum, breast, larynx and liver

    Of course the reason we see these startling links between alcohol consumption and disease is because ethanol, the psychoactive compound in alcohol, and acetaldehyde (what ethanol is converted to after ingestion), pose toxic risks to health cells and organs. By contrast, marijuana’s active compounds — the cannabinoids — pose little comparable risk to healthy cells and organs, and are incapable of causing fatal overdose.

    So answer me again: Why do we celebrate consumers and manufacturers of alcohol while we simultaneously target, arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate consumers and producers of a far safer substance?

    Isn’t it time to visit NORML’s ‘Take Action Center’ and ask your elected officials that same question?

    40 responses to “A Headline You Will Never See For Cannabis”

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    2. warren says:

      How about the deaths from alcohol that are “fluffed” up and reported as liver/kidney failure when the #1 cause was alcohol consumption. To “make it easier on the family”. If the truth were reported maby it would have some positive outcome. If the deaths are caused by other that alcohol the news is plastered all over. IDIOTS.Morons.

    3. Uzz Baldrin says:

      There needs to be a larger “group” of people that challenge the alcohol industry. SAFER has done more in the past five years than MADD has ever done simply by comparing the two most used recreational substances in the US yet there’s only one Mason Tvert, we need more. Alcohol is advertised on nearly every TV channel nearly every day, most of the media personal at all the major TV Networks, Newspapers, etc use alcohol themselves. Will they ever carry sustained programming or stories calling for changes regarding alcohol use? Hardly, yet every single day alcohol is the root cause of a death or fight. HDNet has begun airing a program “celebrating” the use of alcohol with a show called Drinking Made Easy, but you’ll never hear them say alcohol is a poison and you might die. We need to challenge our legislators at both the city and state levels and our federal government. Why doesn’t the DEA ever knock down the door of a bar or a liquor store? Because DEA agents use alcohol too. Alcohol is toxic, pot is not.

    4. TJ says:

      Thats what ive been trying to tell everyone. Alcohol is by far and without question the WORST drug in the history of the world.I mean sure you have a beer or a couple of shots every once in a while then no problem. But alot of People really go to town when at a bar and really alcohol should be way more regulated and the age should be lowered to 18,but that wont happen.

    5. Cat Cassie says:

      Anyone that has consumed both MJ and alcohol knows witch one is the strongest. The next morning after a few drinks your body lets you know about it. Your head hurts, your stomach is upset and you need LOTS of water. The morning after MJ and a movie you get up and go about your day. Most of your buzz more than likely left you before you went to bed anyway.

    6. THC_ALLIANCE says:

      Alcohol, the REAL ‘gateway drug’… lol If there ever were such a thing…

      This is no surprise…

    7. Jon Mert says:

      great post. a true enigma in american culture for sure

    8. Letter Writing says:

      I just wrote to my Senators, Congressman, three state representatives, and the governor asking why alcohol is protected and marijuana users are persecuted. Little by little, we will win.

    9. Lagosa says:

      Why is medical marijuana prices the same as black market prices?

    10. Douglas says:

      When you buy this Drug you need to say the Drug alchola sory cant spell but you get the i-deal.You wont here the beer ade on tv saying buy our DRUGits tast great. But if evry one here start to use this wording it will help.oru cause