Alcohol Should Be Illegal

In: People

Submitted By hakunamatata
Words 341
Pages 2
Alcohol should be illegal because it is just as dangerous as any other drug. Alcoholism has a characteristic course with known physical, psychological, and social symptoms. Once a person is addicted to alcohol, the individual continues to consume alcohol and he or she don’t even realize about the destructive consequences. While the particular symptoms and pattern of drinking problems may vary with the individual, the alcoholic can only regain control over his or her life by abstaining from the substance. Alcoholics not only put in danger their own life’s but the life of everybody around them.
Alcoholism is one of the biggest problems in the United States and around the world. In America alone there are an estimated ten million active alcoholics (Dulfano, 1992). It is almost impossible to tell the exactly number of non-alcoholics affected by the disease. This number includes the battered spouses and children of alcoholics, the victims of drunk driving, and the employers whose alcoholic employees perform their work tasks with poor capacity. Searching more information about the topic I found out that a study in Great Britain revealed that the economic costs of medical bills, road accident damage, law enforcement expenses, unemployment and premature death related to alcohol amounts to an estimated 2.4 billion pounds per year (Economist, 1996).
In the other side there are many people expecting marihuana to be legal, and that is ridiculous, first of all because it is perceived as addictive, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug on the basis that is has "a high potential for abuse (Controlled Substances Act of 1970), second of all even though Marijuana seems to yield considerable medical benefits for many Americans with ailments ranging from glaucoma to cancer, these benefits have not been accepted well enough, on a national level. Medical use of marijuana remains…...