Chronic impact on American society

The pressing question is that is it fair hay alcohol is legalized while others drugs are not? Has the pot legalization in Holland worked? While the strongest case is made for drugs like heroin and marijuana, in defense the strongest support is that most damaging effects would be on the youth. For example lots of other substances categorized as dangerous or deteriorative, are legal. Shouldn’t we ban things like fatty foods and sugar? These things affect people as much if not more than any illegal drug. The use of alcohol has had a staggering impact on the live of Americans.

Alcohol related road fatalities kill someone in US every 22 minutes. Accordingly the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta states there are 105000 alcohol related deaths annually (AFA journal, nd). Alcoholism costs American economy 60 billion dollars annually and consumption has increased by over 30% in the last two decades. At an average 200000 Americans die of alcoholism annually and one in every 10 deaths in alcohol related and 12% of total national health expenditure for alcohol abuse (Shah, Aukat, 2006). Alcoholism has had a chronic impact on American society for individuals between the ages of 18 and 44.

Therefore the problem of alcoholism in America cannot be discarded. Its implications and cost are authentic. The economic as well as human costs are mammoth. America is spending far to little on treatment, research and prevention. This lack of spending is in part an indication of the attitude towards alcoholism. Alcoholism is an ailment but one toward which the medical kinship, possible patients, the universal public, and third-party payers have complex and hesitant reactions. This evidence in fact shows that alcohol and alcohol abuse has equivalent if not more severe penalties than drug use.

Another very interesting aspect of this scenario is that is drug and alcohol abuse a victimless crime? A gray area on this subject, one would justify by saying if there is no victim, no harm to society then there is no crime, if a person wants to cheeseburger himself to death its not a problem, but if a person decides to smoke a joint in the comfort of this home, it will have legal implications. In comparison alcohol users incidence towards crime tends to be higher, driving under influence, domestic and spousal abuse, etc. groups in favor would say that the social order has no right to meddle with person assessment, even if they are a detrimental.

Even though if participating individuals act irresponsibly, their actions have negative implications on their families, neighbors and friends. So where does this exactly leave us? Society seems to be trapper in this vicious cycle of discovering personal freedom, and understanding the cost of freedom. Whatever the victimless crime maybe categorized as, Religious individuals will always disagree with the former. Legitimize, regulate and taxing all recreational drugs.

Just saying “no” to drugs didn’t work out really well, it didn’t work for alcohol prohibition, and it will never work for drugs in this day and age. Legalizing will improve the profit motive out of the drug industry, the journey from black markets to regulated markets. Organized and hideous crimes can be removed or lessened since this would repudiate income channels. People with drug abuse problems should be treated and not imprisoned. And as an additional benefit, the abnormal profits generated could be answer to solve the national debt.

Analysis in the past have shown that marijuana at times is more  benign than alcohol, therefore is it possible to see marijuana laws mirroring those of beer and wine? Hard alcohol is strictly regulated than beer, soft drugs like MDMA (ecstasy), Psilocybin (mushrooms) and Peyote would need stricter laws along with alcohol. To solve the drug problem in America providing addicts with clean supplies and demolishing the black market, also increasing the availability of treatment options without being legally prosecuted could prove to be a huge step butt for now discrimination between alcohol and drugs remains steadfast.


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