Is Alcohol or Cannabis more Harmful?
Saturday 8 October 2011
Deciphering the hype from reality with regard to drug use can be a challenge for most of us. Professor David Nutt in the UK has given me permission to post a link to the paper he has co-authored with Ruth Weissenborn that looks at the reality of a comparison of harm caused by two common intoxicants - Alcohol and Cannabis. That paper has been published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology under the title 'Popular Intoxicants: what lessons can be learned from the last 40 years of alcohol and cannabis regulation?' Professor Nutt is a strong proponent of evidence based responses, rather than those often based on what might be kindly called hype.
Some interesting comparisons are drawn through assessing the two drugs on a scale that looks at 'harm to user' and 'harm to others'. The short takeaway for me was that in terms of 'harm to user', alcohol was about two times more harmful than cannabis. When including 'harm to others', alcohol was about FOUR times more harmful. As some of you know, my early career was a member of the police force in Victoria. I can say categorically that when needing to arrest a cannabis intoxicated user, I have no recollection of having any trouble at all. The same cannot be said for arresting those using alcohol where aggression by the alcohol user was a common experience. You can download the paper here - many thanks to Prof. David Nutt for providing it to me. If you'd like to visit his blog go to his wordpress site here
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Monday 27 February 2017
It's been a significantly busy couple of months looking at how Industries and Government Agencies are preparing for change. The Companies versus Climate Change conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in November/December, and a meeting with the Political Science Department at the University of Hawaii (Manoa) in January show that positive action is happening, despite some of the headlines
Saturday 31 December 2016
Many of you know that each year I make an observation about what I think the year will bring. The track record suggests I'm usually a couple of years ahead of the curve. With that said I'm calling 2017
Monday 12 December 2016
In Ft. Lauderdale USA I recently attending a delightful provocatively named 'Companies Versus Climate Change' conference. And the message is clear - companies, BIG well known companies are tackling the issues of climate change, sustainability and their carbon footprints and both making and saving VAST sums of dollars. The simple take away message from the presentations over the three days could not have been more explicit - tackling climate change pays off big time!