The first thing to mention is that alcohol IS a drug. In fact, it is one of the most abused drugs globally.
There are many statistics about drugs and alcohol and none of them are pleasant. They aren’t meant as a scare tactic, but as a wake up call to the heart-wrenching facts of what drugs and alcohol can do. These statistics are based on the use of alcohol and drugs, starting with the first one. In other words, someone doesn’t have to be stoned out of their minds to be involved in an accident.
More than 100,000 deaths occur each year due to alcohol alone. That includes drunk driving, cancer, falls and cirrhosis of the liver. Some of those deaths are not even the people drinking but victims of the alcoholic.
42.9% of girls and women over the age of 12 have reported doing an illicit drug in their lifetime.
Young people who drink alcohol are 50 times more likely to use cocaine than those who never drink alcohol. That is a big number when you stop and think about it. For 50% of those young people, a life of cocaine abuse probably awaits.
According to the CDC; Percent of persons 12 years of age and over with any illicit drug use in the past month was 8.3%. That’s twelve years of age! Middle school kids taking illegal drugs.
” Most people, youth and adults, start off smoking Marijuana or Hashish and then move onto other drugs ”
42.9% of girls and women over the age of 12 have reported doing an illicit drug in their lifetime. A recent 3 year study showed that men get addicted more easily then women do to drugs, but in youth, females get addicted more easily. 6.3% reported past month use of an illicit drug.
There is an almost 50% rate in men and women prisoners that used a drug before the commission of their crime. That comes from the department of justice.
* By far, the biggest drug used illegally is and has been marijuana.
However, prescription drug abuse is on the rise and inhalants hold some impressive numbers too. Any illicit drug (including alcohol) is going to lead to trouble in one way or anther.
* * * People usually begin taking the drug as a means of easing stress, but in the long run, it increases stress on the mind, body and soul. * * *