Article by Ben Waldman, Macleans.ca via CityNews
“I get this question a lot,” says Dr. Amy Porath, the director of research at the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA).
“The reality is there are risks and harms with both substances, and I don’t think you can compare them. It’s like apples and oranges.”
Alcohol has been researched extensively for decades, whereas cannabis has not, so there’s more data available on booze than pot. Many variables contribute to the effects of either substance, including age, pre-existing mental health conditions, frequency and intensity of use.
Based on available research, alcohol clearly poses harm at both individual and public health levels. The substance is linked to several types of cancers, cirrhosis, liver failure, and motor-vehicle accidents. In 2016, more people were hospitalized due to alcohol-caused issues than for heart attacks.