Study suggests alcohol is more dangerous than crack cocaine

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A new study suggests alcohol is more dangerous than illegal drugs like crack and cocaine. But, what do folks in Region 8 think?

"I disagree with that a hundred percent," says Kenneth Stringer.

"I feel like this survey is right on," says Elizabeth Branscum.

While some opinions may vary, the study showed alcohol ranked over three times as harmful as cocaine or tobacco, and to some it's not surprising.

"It's not surprising to me at all. It's very accessible. It's not illegal. It's very easy to get to," says Perry Chambers.

"When something is illegal there's a stigma to it, but alcohol has been so accepted, that people have come to conclude that there's not much wrong with it, it's not causing much harm," says Bob Hester.

Research showed, while illegal drugs were more harmful to individuals, alcohol outranked all the drugs combined when it came to the most deadly.

"It don't just affect the individual. It affects the whole family, the whole society. So, it's a dangerous thing," say Hester.

"I know that alcohol destroys lives. I'm frustrated that this is a dry county and there are so many restaurants that serve alcohol. I think it's misleading," says Branscum.

The study used a scaling system to evaluate how each substance affected the individual and others. On a scale of 1 to 100 alcohol scored a 72. Branscum says it's concerning.

"Honestly I don't think alcohol should be legal, it's harder to get off of," says Branscum.

But some like Kenneth Stringer think the study is like comparing apples to oranges.

"I don't consider alcohol a drug. They're trying to compare alcohol with illegal drugs, street drugs, pills, stuff like that, there's no comparison," says Stringer.

"I don't think alcohol is a harmful drug. I mean yeah you can catch a DWI or driving under the influence and it is bad for you, but it's not as bad as some of the illegal drugs," says Quentin Bogard.

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