Alcohol causes more harm than other drugs in society
Many people are aware that alcohol causes more harm than many other drugs available in our society.
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As shown above - the UK study found that the most harmful drug with an overall harm score of 72 was alcohol, followed by heroin (55) and crack cocaine (54). The study measured -
- harms to users (e.g., drug specific death and illnesses, dependence and loss of relationships, etc); and
- harms to others (e.g. crime, injury and social costs).
Alcohol versus other risk factors
Among New Zealanders aged 15-49 years (% of the total population), alcohol causes more death and disability than smoking, poor nutrition, or other unhealthy behaviours measured.
All 2016 data can be retrieved from https://vizhub.healthdata.org/gbd-compare/
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