Monday, November 01, 2010

CUP faux pas

Alcohol is the most damaging drug to the drinker and others overall, heroin and crack are the second and third most harmful, Professor David Nutt and colleagues wrote in the medical journal The Lancet today. 'Alcohol most dangerous drug to society' - Prof Nutt BBC News
Alcohol more harmful than heroin, crack cocaine: Study Times of India REUTERS, Nov 1, 2010
Alcohol and tobacco are legal for adults in Britain and many other countries, while drugs such as ecstasy and cannabis and LSD are often illegal and carry the threat of prison sentences. 
"It is intriguing to note that the two legal drugs assessed -- alcohol and tobacco -- score in the upper segment of the ranking scale, indicating that legal drugs cause at least as much harm as do illegal substances," Nutt, who was formerly head of the influential British Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), said in a statement about the study. Nutt was forced to quit the ACMD a year ago after publicly criticising ministers for ignoring scientific advice suggesting cannabis was less harmful than alcohol.]

The much acclaimed The Lives of Sri Aurobindo is more harmful than its less glamorous hagiographic cousins. [TNM]

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