Monday, November 7, 2011

The Social Effects of Alcohol vs. Marijuana

   It is widely known that alcohol use contributes to aggressive behavior and acts of violence, but studies have shown that marijuana use actually reduces the likelihood of violent behavior. (14) According to a Harvard School of Public Heath study, 72 percent of college rapes occurred when the female was too intoxicated by alcohol to resist/consent. (15) Another study shows that in about 67% of child-beating cases, 41% of forcible rape cases, 80% of wife-battering, 72% of stabbings, and 83% of homicides, either the attacker or the victim or both had been drinking. (16) In the US, about 3 million violent crimes occur each year in which victims perceive the offender to have been drinking at the time of the offense. On the contrary, because marijuana is still illegal in lost places, the most common crime smoking marijuana leads to is…smoking marijuana.

14. Hoaken, Peter N.S., Sherry H. Stewart. Journal of Addictive Behaviors. 28, pages 1533-1554. Drugs of abuse and the elicitation of human aggressive behavior

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