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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.

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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.

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