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Austin Varner ENG 104 Cortina February 27, 2008 Alcohol vs. Marijuana: Which is Worse? Alcohol and marijuana are two drugs commonly used and abused in the United States. Alcohol is the number one most abused drug in the world, while marijuana is number one among illegal drugs. While alcohol remains legal, and marijuana illegal, this does not necessarily mean that alcohol is better for you. In fact, the effects of alcohol on a person are actually much worse than those of marijuana. Let’s take a look at the statistics: We will start with the deaths caused by alcohol abuse. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 17,488 people where killed in alcohol related traffic accidents last year, 800 more than the previous year. On top of the deaths caused by driving under the influence of alcohol, there were 331 alcohol overdose deaths according to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. It is one of the most toxic drugs, and using just 10 times what one would use to get the desired effect can lead to death. Marijuana, on the other hand, requires the user to take 100 to 1,000 times the dose one would use to get the desired effect, to lead to death. The range between these two
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