Swedish Study Finds Cannabis Use Reduces At-Risk Drinking
April 23rd, 2014
Policy, Top News
Those who report consuming cannabis two or three times per week were found to be less likely to engage in at-risk drinking behavior, according to Swedish researchers. The findings published online in The American Journal of Addictions were derived from a nationwide survey by the National Institute of Public Health of over 22,000 respondents aged 15 to 64 on alcohol and drug use.
“Among cannabis users, frequent cannabis use is associated with a higher prevalence of other illicit drug use and a lower prevalence of hazardous alcohol use when compared to occasional cannabis use,” said researchers in the report. “The inverse relationship between the frequency of cannabis use and hazardous drinking has not been reported before to our knowledge.”
A review paper published in Alcohol and Alcoholism confirmed that some cannabis consumers likely substitute the drug for alcohol, but acknowledged that more research and improved study designs are needed to better identify the extent and impact of the substitution. The researchers are encouraged, however, by the fact that cannabis use is both safer and potentially less addictive than other substitutes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are approximately 88,000 deaths attributably to excessive alcohol use each year in the United States, making it the third leading lifestyle-related cause of death nationwide. Excessive alcohol use is also responsible for 2.5 million years of potential life lost annually, or an average of about 30 years of potential life lost for each death.
By comparison, cannabis is widely considered to be nontoxic with users unable to overdose on the substance. The only real dangers arise from potential long-term health implications – as some brain studies indicate may be the case – and actions taken by those who are high on the substance – such as the recent tragedies in Colorado.
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