The ‘Gateway Drug’ Is Alcohol, Not Marijuana

The Gateway Drug Is Alcohol Not MarijuanaResearchers at the University of Florida have found that the theory of a “gateway drug” is not associated with marijuana – results from the Guttman scale indicated that alcohol represented the gateway drug, leading to the use of tobacco, marijuana, and other illicit substances.

Furthermore, students who used alcohol “exhibited a significantly greater likelihood of using both licit and illicit drugs”.

In an interview with Raw Story, co-author Adam E. Barry said that his studies were intended to correct some of the propaganda that has infected American culture since the “Reefer Madness” era.

Some of these earlier iterations needed to be fleshed out, that’s why we wanted to study this.

The latest form of the gateway theory is that it begins with [cannabis] and moves on finally to what laypeople often call ‘harder drugs’.

As you can see from the findings of our study, it confirmed this gateway hypothesis, but it follows progression from licit substances, specifically alcohol, and moves on to illicit substances,” Barry said.

These findings walk hand-in-hand with a 2012 study from Yale that found that alcohol and cigarettes were much more likely than marijuana to precede opiate abuse.

Researchers used a nationally representative sample of high school seniors, evaluating data collected through the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future survey, which tracks drug use trends among youth in the US. Barry’s study focused on data collected from 14,577 high school seniors from 120 public and private schools in the United States.

By comparing substance abuse rates between drinkers and non-drinkers, the researchers found that seniors in high school who had consumed alcohol at least once in their lives “were 13 times more likely to use cigarettes, 16 times more likely to use marijuana and other narcotics, and 13 times more likely to use cocaine”.

See also: US Attorney General Finally Admits Marijuana Isn’t a Gateway Drug — Prescription Pills Are

In the sample of students, alcohol also represented the most commonly used substance, with 72.2 percent of students reporting alcohol consumption at some point in their lifetime.

Comparatively, 45 percent of students reported using tobacco, and 43.3 percent cited marijuana use.

“The findings from this investigation support that alcohol should receive primary attention in school-based substance abuse prevention programming, as the use of other substances could be impacted by delaying or preventing alcohol use.

Therefore, it seems prudent for school and public health officials to focus prevention efforts, policies, and monies, on addressing adolescent alcohol use,” the study concluded.

Scientists had earlier discovered that cannabis, a therapeutic healing herb, may actually reduce brain damage caused by alcohol.

A 2013 study from the University of Kentucky and the University of Maryland concluded that a chemical in marijuana called cannabidiol could be used to treat alcohol-induced neuro-degeneration.

Results of a very recent study has led to the conclusion that ‘illegal’ marijuana is far and away the safest ‘legal’ drug. Based on the findings, the researchers agreed that weed is 114 times less deadly than alcohol.

Sourceanonhq

Find us here

Get news from the CSGLOBE in your inbox each weekday morning

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors/source and do not necessarily reflect the position of CSGLOBE or its staff.

Paid content

Hard Facts About 9-11 That Cannot Be Debunked

9-11 has been one of the biggest events in recent history that sparked a mass awakening across the world. There has been much debate...

6 Examples of Mainstream Media Manipulation

Is Everything in the Mainstream Media Fake? The world of television and modern media has become a tool of de-evolution, propaganda and social control. Since...

6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media In America

Why are so many incredibly important news stories completely ignored by the mainstream media in the United States? Why do they seem to want to...

What's New Today

Georgia House Votes To Allow Citizens To Abolish Police Departments In The State

The Georgia House backed an effort on Friday to dissolve the Glynn County Police Department and any...

Leaked CDC document contradicts Pence claim that U.S. coronavirus cases ‘have stabilized’

Even as Vice President Mike Pence wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Tuesday that coronavirus...

Five bombshells about Trump from Bolton ‘s book

Excerpts from former national security adviser John Bolton ’s book about his time in the Trump administration...

Don’t Listen to Fox. Here’s What’s Really Going On in Seattle’s Protest Zone.

It seems I live in a city undergoing a “totalitarian takeover” that will lead to “fascist outcomes”...

MOST READ

What Is Agenda 21? Depopulation of 95% of the World By 2030

Most people are unaware that one of the greatest threats to their freedom may be a United Nations program which plans to depopulate 95%...

Russia Issues International ARREST WARRANT For ROTHSCHILD & SOROS!

Vladimir Putin, now in full control of Russia as Prime Minister (then) NOW President , wishes to build a strong Christian nation. In a...

Putin has Banned Rothschild and His New World Order Banking Cartel Family from Entering Russian Territory

As of recently, Russian president Vladimir Putin took yet another decision for his country. "Under any circumstances", the Rothschild family is banned from entering Russian territory. Along...

Hard Facts About 9-11 That Cannot Be Debunked

9-11 has been one of the biggest events in recent history that sparked a mass awakening across the world. There has been much debate...

Dangerous Families Still Rule America – See Who They Are

Nothing happens without reason. And unfortunately what we don't realize is that society overall is ruled by political corruption and dangerous people who are causing...

Google Puts CNN, Washington Post, NYT In Charge Of Fact-Checking News

Google announced Friday that it’s adding a special feature to its news service — Fact Check. Searchers will now know who checked the validity of...

Mind Control 101: The Basics

Cult Conversion Walkthrough (Storytime!) No one is immune from mind control. And contrariwise, mind control doesn’t always work. It takes the right combination of factors;...

Jailed For Telling The Truth, Chelsea Manning Proposes Bill To Protect Whistleblowers

To increase government transparency, Chelsea Manning, the former US intelligence analyst serving a 35-year sentence for leaking more than 700,000 classified military documents, has...

McDonald’s Nightmare Doesn’t Let Up

McDonald's Has Its Worst Month In 10 Years. Again. Ronald McDonald is having a second helping, and not the good kind. McDonald’s reported Tuesday that global...

Susan Sarandon Crushes US Political System & Explains Why She’s Not Backing Hillary

Hollywood actress and environmental activist Susan Sarandon explains to BBC’s Evan Davis why she is not supporting Hillary Clinton for US president. When challenged with...

Germany owes more than €279bn WWII reparations to Greece – more than Greece’s debt to EU

Germany owes Greece no less than €278.7 billion in World War II reparations, Athens said, referring to the destruction wrought upon the nation during...