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A popular recreational drug, although since it is legal in most nation states, it is often not termed as such.

Alcohol is a popular recreational drug. It is legal in many areas of the world, and generally subject to legal restictions and taxes.


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Full article: Prohibition

In 1920, drinking alcohol, or the production of ethanol for any purpose, was forbidden in USA. This not only proved a boon to organised crime, but also cemented the position of oil as the fuel of choice for vehicular transport.

Health effects

Regular consumption of smaller amounts is not generally seen to be damaging to health, and may be beneficial.


Chronic consumption of large amounts of alcohol, alcoholism, is very damaging to human health. In 2017, around 1/8 of the US population were reportedly alcoholics.[1] NPR reported in 2020 that U.S. Alcohol-Related Deaths Have Doubled.[2]


Drinking alcohol is forbidden for Moslems and is illegal in some nations. It is a matter of interest that the 9/11 Commission report noted that Satam al-Suqami and Salem al-Hazmi, supposedly "Muslim terrorists" were "known to drink alcohol."[3]


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Related Quotation

Bill Hicks“There are essentially only two drugs that Western civilization tolerates: caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in.”Bill Hicks


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
File:Cannabis comparative risk assessment.pdfReport30 January 2015Jürgen Rehm
Dirk Lachenmeier
Comparative risk assessment of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and other illicit drugs using the margin of exposure approach
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