Is booze worse than crack?
Here’s one from the wacko-science files: Some nut actually thinks drinking alcohol is more dangerous than crack or meth.
Not only that, this nut actually claims you can have a “safe” heroin habit.
The nut in question is Dr. David Nutt, a man obsessed with living up to his name by trying to prove that illicit and dangerous drugs are far safer than a good booze habit.
And his latest “study” is an absolute masterpiece — not from a scientific point of view, of course, but from a public relations standpoint: The work earned him headlines around the world.
Too bad for him it’s a work of fiction.
Nutt created a list of 20 “drugs” and ranked them based on 16 measures of harm to both individual users and society as a whole.
Who assigned those rankings? Why, it was Dr. Nutt and his friends, of course. Nutt & Company.
And they “found” that alcohol — more widely used and therefore more widely abused — does far more overall harm than heroin, crack, meth, coke, pot and so on. What’s more, Nutt actually claims that heroin, for example, is safe if you use it in the form of a prescription opiate.
“Heroin itself is a medicine,” he said in a TV interview with the BBC. “All medicines are safe if used appropriately.”
Really? All of them?
I’d like to say that this Nutt has finally cracked — it’s a pretty good pun — but it’s clear this man lost it years ago.
He was fired from a government position last year for making similar claims about booze and drugs, and once even tried to develop an “antidote” to alcohol — which is kind of like creating an antidote to chicken.
But I don’t care what this Nutt says — a couple of drinks a day is not just acceptable for most people, it’s healthy. Moderate booze can boost heart and brain health, and even increase longevity.
I guess Dr. Nutt will not be enjoying those benefits.