Crack And Meth Are Better For You Than A Hot Toddy. For Reals!

I walked into my husband’s office this morning and he says, “Hey! Good news! Crack and meth are better for you than cigarettes and alcohol!”

Huh?

Apparently, a British study concluded that alcohol is “most harmful overall and almost three times as harmful as cocaine or tobacco.” This includes damage to the user and to society as a whole.

Heroin and crack ranked second and third.

And you want to know the really good news? Ecstasy is all the way down the scale as the eighth most harmful drug. Woo-hoo!

Statistics amuse me. Journalism amuses me. A few facts from a study are presented and we’re lead to assume that if we all quit drinking and smoking, and maybe picked up a “less harmful” drug instead, the world would be a better place.

Twist a few numbers to suit your purpose. Leave out a little information. And voila! A news item is born.

The lead scientist in the study?

Professor Nutt.

Now THAT’S funny!

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14 responses to “Crack And Meth Are Better For You Than A Hot Toddy. For Reals!

  1. This reminds me of the study which came out last month that indicated that some alcohol during pregnancy was “safe.”

    http://bit.ly/97Vwlo

    I find it quite dangerous (and scary) to release that information, because there are just too many irresponsible people out there…makes me shudder to think about it.

    Wendy

  2. Steven Harris

    Ah yes, Prof. Nutt has been in the news before. LAst year he was advocating legalisation of marijuana over here (how has the debate in California gone btw?). Now he’s telling us to get stoned on harder things. Maybe he’s involved with the Triads who bring the stuff into the country?

  3. Legalizing dope isn’t too far off, like it or not. Who knows, the rest might not be too far behind.

  4. Jayne

    Yes: Lies, damned lies and statistics. I haven’t read Professor Nutt’s report in the Lancet but I *gather* he was trying to say that the ready availability of alcohol and the culture of excess alcohol consumption in the UK places it at the top of the list of harmful substances. …Slightly different emphasis there but you’re right, that doesn’t make for as good a story in the daily rags. πŸ™‚

  5. He’s right about alcohol and tobacco, but that doesn’t mean heroin and crack are actually “good” for you. Too bad that’s not emphasized. He sounds like a real *nut*. πŸ˜‰

  6. If you added up all the money spent on ridculous studies like this……I’d have a mansion and a yacht and an amazing shoe collection.

  7. It’s all in interpretation, isn’t it? Ten of us could summarize a study and come up with ten different results. And count on the media to publish the most sensational.

  8. Professor Nutt? Priceless!

  9. Professor Nutt – no malapropism there then!

    I am of course enjoying my glass of wine right now even more as a result πŸ™‚

  10. This gave me a good chuckle. I love that you point out how so-called facts and studies can be positioned any which way! (All the more reason we should read more carefully.)

  11. Best to do your own research on all things of importance….unless of-course you are using it to make a point to your spouse of kid and then any research that agrees with you will work. My mother is fond of saying “well honey, it WAS IN THE NEWSPAPER.”

    β™₯

  12. We have so many “statistics” about lifestyle it would seem that someone would come up with a combination of actions, foods, and drinks that would allow us to live forever and another combination that would ensure certain death in a year. And yet we have heard so often “the numbers don’t lie.” Well, yes the numbers do lie, and often.

  13. Yes you have to be careful with stats…you can skew them so easily!

  14. This post reminds me of how you can find an expert or statistic to support just about anything. Research can be so hard to take seriously especially when you know there is some statistic shopping going on.

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