Addiction to virtually any substance can pose a very serious threat to one’s health. All drugs have properties that, in addition to other side effects, cause serious damage to a person’s mind and body and lead a person to make decision that are dangerous and healthy.
While many addictive drugs are illegal because of the dangers they pose to one’s health, studies have shown that the most dangerous controlled substance is actually a legal one that is readily available almost anywhere in the country: alcohol.
Studies Rank Drug Danger Based on Damaging Effects
Many studies have analyzed the degree to which certain drugs may damage or ruin a person’s individual life, as well as the ways in which a society as a whole may be placed in peril by the existence of certain drugs. One such study conducted in Britain in 2010 ranked the dangers associated with various drugs based on factors that included the degree to which a drug was likely to break up families, cause economic harm, or send a person to prison as well as physical and mental factors such as the degree to which any one drug may cause neurological damage or stress on one’s organs.
In the study, it was found that heroin and crystal meth, when judged on just the impact to one’s health were the most likely to cause death, but that alcohol ranked as the most dangerous drug when the larger picture was considered. One reason that investigators suggested for alcohol’s dangerous nature is that unlike drugs only available on the black market, alcohol is readily available in a number of everyday circumstances, and to any person who is of legal drinking age.
Alcohol And Damage To The Body
Alcohol consumption takes a heavy toll on the body, and chronic drinking leads to major physical damage. The entire body is negatively impacted by alcohol consumption, as it can cause damage to literally every major organ, including the heart, liver, and kidneys.
Even moderate alcohol consumption can lead to brain cell damage. The brain, nervous system, and emotional state of being of an alcoholic are often highly affected by drinking. When a person drinks chronically, they are far more likely to experience problems like depression and anxiety and may be prone to insomnia.
Dangerous Withdrawal Process
It is always recommended that recovering alcoholics detox from alcohol at a treatment center that is equipped for the difficult and dangerous process of withdrawing from alcohol. Most drugs can cause severe withdrawal symptoms because of the fact that the nature of addiction is that the brain becomes so accustomed to receiving more of the substance it is addicted to that it sends off unpleasant signals to the body when it does not receive more of this substance.
Alcohol in particular, however, causes very severe withdrawal symptoms which can include hallucinations and even seizures, and withdrawing from alcohol can be lethal if it is not done in the proper setting.
Alcohol And Dangerous Behaviors
Alcohol is also a highly dangerous drug because of the fact that it is linked to behaviors that can be a major threat to not just the person drinking but to those around them. Drinking and driving is a problem that has, for many years, been known to cause untold fatalities, and alcohol is often linked to behaviors like violence and other crimes.
People who are addicted to alcohol often find themselves in situations where they are threatening either their own lives or those of their loved ones. The only way to end the dangerous behaviors associated with alcoholism is to seek help.