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The cbc.ca headline blares “Alcohol most harmful drug”

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I like to think that I’m a reasoning type of bloke! But what F… is going on here.

One of the simple indulgences in my life is now “the most harmful drug“. Is it just a British thing because binge drinking seems to be a visible characteristic of many young Brits out on the town, at soccer games, on holiday anywhere and such? Or is it another example of researchitis, or pseudo science?

Here’s a quote from cbc.ca:

Alcohol is more dangerous than illegal drugs like heroin and crack cocaine, according to a new study.

British experts evaluated substances including alcohol, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and marijuana, ranking them based on how destructive they are to the individual who takes them and to society as a whole.

Researchers analyzed how addictive a drug is and how it harms the human body, in addition to other criteria like environmental damage caused by the drug, its role in breaking up families and its economic costs, such as health care, social services and prison.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/11/01/alcohol-illicit-drugs.html#ixzz144geyLEW

This brings to mind the gist of the ad from Standard & Chartered Bank in Asia: “Counting of things is important but not all things should/or can be counted”

I would say that applies to research into human behavior in another way: “Research into human behavior can be helpful, except when it finds simple human indulgences most harmful!

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