Alcohol, cigarettes more harmful than LSD: Report
Last Updated: Thursday, October 29, 2009, 00:00

London: Alcohol and cigarettes are more
dangerous than illegal drugs such as cannabis, LSD and
ecstasy, the British government`s top drugs adviser said on Thursday.

Professor David Nutt of Imperial College London called
for a new system of classifying drugs to enable the public to
better understand the relative harm of legal and illegal

Alcohol would rank as the fifth most harmful drug
after heroin, cocaine, barbiturates and methadone, he said in
a briefing paper for the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
at King`s College London.

Tobacco would come ninth on the list and cannabis, LSD
and ecstasy "while harmful, are ranked lower at 11, 14 and 18
respectively". The ranking is based on physical harm,
dependence and social harm.

"No one is suggesting that drugs are not harmful. The
critical question is one of scale and degree," said Nutt, the
chairman of the government`s Advisory Council on the Misuse of

He added: "We have to accept young people like to
experiment -- with drugs and other potentially harmful
activities -- and what we should be doing in all of this is to
protect them from harm at this stage of their lives.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 29, 2009, 00:00

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