Alcohol vs. marijuana: Which one is safest?

There are few battles as heated as the discussion as to what’s safer — alcohol or marijuana?Like a professional tennis match, the lobs volley back and forth. Alcohol is legal, marijuana is not (in most states). You can’t overdose on marijuana, you can on alcohol. You know what you’re getting with alcohol, not so much with marijuana.

On and the discussion goes, so we decided to look deeper and see what the science says.

Alcohol

Buzz kill: Alcohol is linked to 7 forms of cancer, study finds

Alcohol may be legal, but there’s no denying it’s dangerous. In fact, the CDC reports that nearly 88,000 alcohol-related deaths occur each year. Binge drinking accounts for about half of these deaths as death can occur within five minutes of binge drinking.

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/alcohol-marijuana-safest-article-1.3554393?utm_content=buffer0d77d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Drinking: Are You Overdoing It? 5 Red Flags

Shot of two young women drinking wine and having a good time at an outdoor festival

5 Red flags

“If someone close to you expresses concerns about your drinking, examine the consequences,” says Dr. Janesz. He suggests looking for these red flags:

  1. Loss of control. Intoxication from always drinking more, or drinking faster, than you intend.
  2. Accidents. The result of alcohol increasing impulsivity as well as fatigue.
  3. Health troubles. High blood pressure, digestive tract inflammation, weight issues, diabetes, liver disease and more.
  4. Work worries. Reduced ability to problem-solve, diminished executive functioning in the brain, and decreased strength, stamina and focus.
  5. People problems. Violent outbursts, infidelity, jealousy, economic insecurity and decreased sexual interest/satisfaction, impacting those you care about.

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/09/drinking-are-you-overdoing-it/