Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Alcohol or Marijuana? A Pediatrician Faces the Question

Alcohol or Marijuana? A Pediatrician Faces the Question
Since most people will try marijuana and/or alcohol at some point in their lives it is important to know the facts. This article written by a pediatrician goes over the health effects of both marijuana and alcohol. It presents statistics about death, injury to self, and injury to others as well as long term effects and use. I thought this article was very interesting and I found the authors choice to be accurate and reasonable. Because of the evidence he had and presented the author chose marijuana as being overall safer than alcohol. Do you agree with the author's conclusion? Why or why not? What if anything presented in this article make you think about marijuana or alcohol differently?

20 comments:

  1. I sort of agree with the author's conclusion that marijuana is safer than alcohol. Alcohol ruins your liver and, if you drink when you feel depressed, you may become dependent on it, and alcohol can get addictive. Since there is no proof that marijuana is addictive, it does seem like a safer choice.

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  2. i agree with this auticel, because alcohol is something that you can easily become addicted too.it can also ruin your life in multiply ways. on the other hand marijuana cant be something that people become addicted too.but the use of this "drug" can be harmful for minors or for young adults whose brain has not fully developed yet.

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  3. I have seen first hand the effects of serious alcohol and marijuana addiction. I met one guy who smoked pot in college and while the marijuana itself didn't have an effect on him, he started to want a bigger and bigger high. That led to him doing LSD, mushrooms, cocaine. He became so hooked on drugs that he ended up trying to kill himself. So while marijuana isn't addictive itself it can lead to drug forming habits that make you addicted to other drugs. As for alcohol I met lots of people who were addicted to alcohol. Alcohol addiction is also pretty serious and you get addicted to it easily. It is worse than marijuana but that's like saying do you want one foot in the grave or two?

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  4. Overall, I agree with this article. Even though both alcohol and marijuana are bad for you, I believe that alcohol is more dangerous. Not only does it effect you, but others around you as well. Since crimes and violence happen much more often when alcohol is involved, it seems much more influential on one's life.

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  5. This is such a thought-provoking article. It's interesting how most data suggests that alcohol is much riskier than marijuana, yet marijuana is the illegal one. I think this is a very important comparison for people to make. At the same time, I wonder about the frequency with which marijuana is cut or laced with bad substances like PCP; that should also factor in to consideration of health risks. Because alcohol is legal, it is widely regulated and monitored. Since marijuana is not, it is much more likely to contain these harmful substances.

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  6. After reading this article I was wondering if either drug is correlated with an increased rate of use of more extreme drugs which are more dangerous, such as cocaine or LSD and other similar drugs. This article definitely made me reconsider the stereotype I have built of people who use marijuana in the sense that in many situations they did much less "bad" things than people who abuse alcohol.

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  7. I agree with the author's conclusion, because he seemed to be able to provide statistics and examples to support it. It is interesting how people tend to think much worse of marijuana than they do of alcohol, although their assumptions may not always be correct. Just because something is illegal, it is not necessarily worse than something that is legal.

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  8. I do not agree with the author's conclusion. Although alcohol will produce a more dangerous result, you would be in bigger trouble if you were caught with marijuana

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  9. I agree with the first part of the author's conclusion by picking neither. However, I disagree when the author said if forced to pick, he'd pick marijuana. Even though alcohol causes more crimes, violence, sexual assaults, deaths, and much more compared to marijuana, it doesn't mean you should turn to marijuana. Not only because it's a drug, but because of the fact that it's illegal which means that you can get in more trouble being caught with marijuana than being underage and caught using alcohol. Overall, I think the author should agree with the decision of choosing neither because even though alcohol does way worse things than marijuana, marijuana is illegal and can get you in major trouble because of it.

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  11. I definitely agree with the author of this article. I was very fascinated and shocked to see the statistics of alcohol consumption and agree that marijuana is better. Marijuana also has health benefits and I know that it can be used to treat people who have epilepsy and other illnesses. Even though it is illegal I would still rather smoke marijuana than risk my life drinking alcohol. I do think that marijuana can have harmful effects on your body, but those affects usually don't show up unless you smoke on a regular basis for a long period of time.

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  12. I some what agree with the author. Alcohol when overused can cause addiction and organ failure, as well as cause you to lose control of your body and become overly angry and reckless. Marijuana on the other hand is know to be addictive to one out of every eleven people, and can cause long term physically and mental health problems to daily users and especially teenagers. In my opinion these drugs are both safe when used in moderation by developed adults.
    Marijuana facts source: http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana

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  13. I agree with this article, even though both alcohol and marijuana aren;t exactly good for you, I now believe that alcohol is more dangerous to you and the people around you.

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  14. I agree with this article because alcohol is a very dangerous slippery slope that people get stuck on and its very hard to kick an alcohol addiction. alcohol is all so very dangerous when to comes to drinking and driving.

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  15. The article makes sense in it's comparison of the two. Marijuana is not dangerous as far as drugs go. Alcohol causes liver failure in high amounts, not to mention the effects of drunk driving. Although marijuana is addictive, it is a safer choice than alcohol. The article states that all the "drug crime" due to marijuana is only due to its illegal trade. Prohibition of alcohol just did not work, and I believe that the ban on marijuana is futile, as many get away with it anyways. I don't see why a drug less dangerous than alcohol should have tighter regulation.

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  16. I do not agree with the author because even though alcohole has a worse effect on you it's worse if you get caught with marijuana.

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  17. I agree with the pediatrician's conclusion because the risks of being an alcoholic greatly outweigh the risks of being a pothead. This leads me to believe that marijuana is still illegal in many states not because of health hazards, but because of taxes. If the U.S. wanted to legalize it, the taxes on it would make it more expensive than the local weedman's prices. Furthermore, the legalization of marijuana could put many big tobacco companies out of business, as people switch from cigarettes to weed.

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  18. I agree with Theresa, its kind of odd that the healthier one is marijuana, considering that alcohol is the legal one. Alcohol is addictive and personally I have seen so many bad things and situations that come out of drinking. Overall I think that marijuana is the better choice over alcohol even though it is illegal and looked down on, it is obviously the better choice.

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  19. I agree with the other, even though they're are both bad options, alcohol can also hurt others not just yourself

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  20. Neither alcohol or marijuana are good for you but I do agree with the authors conclusion. Though marijuana is killing brain cells, alcohol is proven that you can die from it and it kills your liver. Also, alcohol is used as a antidepressant for a lot of people and that is how a lot of people today get addicted. They become dependent on it to solve their problems which can cause later on sickness or death.

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