Those of us who advocate the legalization of so-called “recreational” drugs (or, better, the ending of the “war on drugs”) would do well to consider the facts presented in this piece. A stint in law enforcement made clear to me the role of alcohol in crime: I can’t remember taking anyone in who was not under the influence at the time of their illegal activity.
This doesn’t change my mind about the fact that the “war on drugs” has cost millions (probably billions) of dollars only to have exacerbated the level of violence, societal blight, and personal misery. I never said (or ever believed) that legalizing drugs would solve all our problems. I still think it would be a step in the right direction. The suggestions in this article for better coping with our alcohol problems could be extended to the challenges of legal drugs.