Science Shows Alcohol Is A Much Bigger Gateway Drug Than Marijuana
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Long Story Short
A 40-year long study has found alcohol use makes one much more likely to try harder drugs than marijuana would. This is quite contrary to what many of us were led to believe growing up. If you grew up in America, you likely heard at one point or another that marijuana was a gateway drug. That was the main anti-selling point. Not that marijuana was harmful but that it could lead to more dangerous things. There’s now research to end this rumor once and for all.
Combined efforts from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Brian C. Bennett the creator of “Truth: the anti-drug war,” found that Alcohol caused “far more personal and social damage than any other drug. Illegal drugs comprise less than 20 percent of substance-use disorders in the U.S.”
Many Americans would be surprised by these statistics. So much focus has been put into combating illegal drugs while the abuse of legal drugs like prescription opioids and alcohol is causing the most damage.
The results from the 40-year-old study compelled William Martin, director of the Baker Institute’s Drug Policy Program to share the data with the public. On the program’s website, Martin is quoted claiming, “marijuana’s reputation as a ‘gateway’ drug is not supported, even for more marijuana use. More than half of respondents under 60 have used it during their lifetime, but fewer than 10 percent use it regularly.”
This number is much lower than the amount of Americans who tried and now use alcohol regularly.
“In 2014, 87.6 percent of people ages 18 or older reported that they drank alcohol at some point in their lifetime, 71.0 percent reported that they drank in the past year; 56.9 percent reported that they drank in the past month.”
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