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Ethanol (alcohol) and cannabis are among the three of the most commonly abused psychoactive drugs just after tobacco [ CITATION Add19 \l 1033 ] and with the recent legalization of cannabis in Canada, more and more people are concerned about the adverse health effects of these two substance. In this essay, I will discuss the current available researches on acute and chronic harms of both ethanol and cannabis on health to demonstrate that alcohol use is more dangerous in comparison to cannabis use. Ethanol and cannabis share some similar short-term adverse health effects and also have their own unique harm. In regard to alcohol, according to the American Addiction Centers, drinkers typically experience alcohol intoxication if they drink more than one beverage per hours and the number of acute effects rises with the number of drink. Consuming one to two drinks in one hour leads to decreased judgement and reaction time but not to a dangerous level. As the number of beverages increases, more harmful heath effects are displayed: drowsiness, vomiting, mood swing, unconsciousness and blackouts [CITATION Ame19 \n \t \l 1033 ]. Blackouts occur when drinker experience memory lapses that inhibit them from remembering events that happened while under the influence [ CITATION Fou19 \l 1033 ]. At this level of intoxication, drinkers experience a loss of balance and coordination, dulled vision and hearing and slowed brain activity which make it dangerous to perform motor skills [ CITATION Ame19 \l 1033 ]. Ethanol is also found to be associated with violence. According to Alcohol Rehab and Recovery, multiple cases of assaults, child abuse and domestic violence were reported to be influenced by alcohol and “A staggering 86% of homicides and 60% of sexual abuse or rape cases were under the influence of the drug”[CITATION Alc19 \n \t \l 1033 ]. This is not only harmful to the health of victims involved but also to the health of drinkers/perpetrators. The most dangerous acute health effect is alcohol poisoning which is fatal. This can happen when drinkers consume
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  • Winter '14
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  • Cannabis, Psychoactive drug

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