my expert opinion.
100% alcohol causes more damage overall to society, but thats because society accepts it due to its legal status.
Having done a few drugs such as Canabis, Acid, Extassy, Coke I think myself and others like me are the only people who can fully appreciate the scale and possition of these activities in comparrison.
If alcohol was Illegal and had been througjout our lives we would pretty much only gain exposure from the media.
So if you imagine only what you see in the media of booze and its effects on society without your personal experience you would no doubt demonize it in the same way you(or the majority anti-drug opinionators) demonize the above drugs.
Because the media portray the above drug users as no-hopers, living in squats, needles on the floor, robbing from their mothers to feed their habbit then thats how society sees them.
The effect of all drugs including alcohol and cigarettes is a period of time when your emotions or perception are altered due to chemicals. The levels of these effects are measured by intensity and duration.
By these standards Heres my charts in terms of legality.
Cigarettes are the best as they have very short duration, very limited effect.
However they have negative society benefits and a link to long term health issues on the individual, (I do not subscribe to passive smoking theories). Because of the legality and relatively small effect, most people wont break many laws to subscribe to their habbit, apart from maybe littering and smoking in the work place. plus they are addictive, very addictive.
Canabis - Duration determined by mix (upto 4 hours), effects - DO NOT DRIVE...though you probably wouldnt want to as you find it difficult to hold focus however you do become very philosophical as I belive you see the big picture due to your inability to focus on details. Do you steal to feed this habbit, no, you never develop a addiction other than you may now start smoking cigarettes as they are more readily available, this creating a by-addiction.
Acid/Magic Mushrooms - Much like canabis however visual ability impaired, best to do something like dancing or just resting. (take a notebook and write down all your wacky ideas, they'le make perfect sense now)..Law? other than taking them you are unlikely to break any law to feed this habbit, you are unlikely to find an ounce of aggression in your body, infact you'll love everyone and think that wars are stupid and love is all that matters..love is actualy GOD !
Duration 10 hours. (negatives...you cant get this anymore..not profitable for the dealers).
Alcohol - Effect varies upon dosage, however your ability to judge your dosage will be impaired by the consumprion resulting in a snowball effect. Vision Impaired, Hearing Impaired, Judgement Impaired, can make you feel invincible, you will start loosing tact, inhibitions, and possibly due to these combine become easily aggitated or agressive. You are likely to feel that you could drive, handle heavy machinery, the more drunk you get the more confident you become until you hit the "Wall" or the floor, you then are likely to collapse somwhere where you are vulnerable to all the other people around you who have lost inhibitions.
You are likely to break many laws because you feel you can get away with it. long term health issues, addictive. You weill austroucise your family and freinds to feed this habbit. Duration till you pass out then comedown for at least 5 hours upon regaining conciousness.
Extassy- Like having a massive energy boost, resulting in twitching and the need to move, strong euphoria enhancing the need to dance also makes you feel a bit lovey like Acid. However its comedown is much like alcohol heavy, lethargic, headache.Duration 8 Hours
I'm not going to put coke on the list due to my inexperience, I have had it a couple of times, due to my having alcohol I judged it OK to have a line or two, but on the plus side for acohol maybe, booze also somewhat negates the effects of coke so I cant realy claim to know how much it affects you. Didn't do anything for me.
So there you have it for those of you who have never tried some of them, you have to expereince it to put it into context, all these pro-drug lobyists (particularly canabis) are able to make a rational comparison, if you have not experienced the above then based on my comparission you have to admit Alcohol comes out pretty bad.
and theres no use claiming the odd pint/glass of wine never hurt anyone I do it and I'm fine, well your right but by the same standards the odd joint, or (unpoisoned) E or ACID or Line of Coke when taken in moderation and in the correct environment didnt hurt anyone either. Its only when you read in the context of those who missuse ANY of the above that there is a prolem.