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Alcoholthenarcotic.org is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to break down the barriers of society’s denial and ignorance from the dangers from use of the drug called:
Do you regard alcohol as a drug?
If so then what type of drug it is?
If not then what exactly is alcohol?
The following is a paper we are presenting as the start of a campaign to educate adults and children about the true nature of alcohol. We need to address the national liquid drug epidemic that is crippling our society.
Every day 5000 children take their first dose of this drug.
"What forbid us to tell the truth, laughingly", Horace: satires.
Below is an Email from when I was researching the under-aged drinking epidemic. To completely understand the issue I felt I needed to identify the substance called alcohol. I had written several government agencies in search of the definition.
Since most of the medical community believe that alcohol is a drug, I began with the Food and Drug Administration. I wrote and asked the FDA the following question:
Please advise me on whether Alcohol is considered a drug and if indeed it is considered a drug by your organization, what category of drugs would it be associated with?
They replied that alcohol didn’t meet the qualifications they used to decide if alcohol is a drug so therefore they did not consider it a drug at all. Tooth paste and baking soda products are required by the FDA to have "Drug Facts" labels on their products. Why not alcohol?
I was not satisfied with their answer so I moved on to the Center for Disease Control. I figured that since Alcoholism is an addiction to a substance that can lead to several diseases, I’d surely find an answer there.
I wrote them with the same question and they replied that they did not consider alcohol a drug and that I should check with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. I assume the CDC cannot identify what substance causes ....uh, Alcoholism?
So off to the ATF I went with still no clue as to what alcohol was. The ATF replied to me immediately and told me they are not responsible for identifying substances.
In the mission statement of the ATF they state that they are responsible for the safety of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Interesting they don’t even understand what these substances are yet they are keeping us safe around them?
So, there were three US Government agencies that could not provide me with a credible answer. After you read this next Email you will understand why they declined to state the facts.
I then asked the AMA for a definition:
The American Medical Association is one of the most trusted and respected organizations in the world today and here is their position and a response to my question:
Request via e-mail, 6/30/03, by Richard Yoast, Director, Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, 7/14/03
From: Alcohol the Narcotic Org >
To: The American Medical Association >,
Date: 6/30/03 6:41 PM
Subject: Defining Alcohol ["Contact the President"] (Contact Us) Inquiry: Please advise me on whether Alcohol is considered a drug and if indeed it is considered a drug by your organization, what category of drugs would it be associated with.
"Thank you for your request which was forwarded to me from Dr. Palmisano. The American Medical Association, as does most of the scientific community, considers beverage alcohol (known as ethanol) to be a drug.
It is usually classified as a central nervous system depressant although some of its initial effects on drinkers are to provide some stimulating effects. However, as blood alcohol levels increase in the body, the depressant effects become dominant.
Other depressant drugs include barbiturates and opiates (e.g., heroin).
Here is one of our policies which directly addresses your questions.
H-30.972 Alcohol Abuse and the War on Drugs.
Our AMA (1) supports documenting the strong correlation between alcohol abuse and other substance abuse; (2) reaffirms the concept that alcohol is an addictive drug and its abuse is one of the nation's leading drug problems; and (3) encourages state medical societies to work actively with drug task forces and study committees in their respective states to assure that their scope of study includes recognition of the strong correlation between alcohol abuse and other substance abuse and recommendations to decrease the immense number of health, safety, and social problems associated with alcohol abuse. (Sub. Res. 97, I-89; Reaffirmed: Sunset Report, A-00)
Please feel free to contact me should you have any further questions and thank you for contacting us. "
Richard A Yoast, PhD
Director - Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse
American Medical Association
515 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60610
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If the FDA were to properly identify and classify alcohol as a narcotic drug then it would be considered a controlled substance which would make it a felony to distribute, possess, or consume. We know from the Prohibition years that this is impractical and a lost cause but the fact remains that Prohibition did not end for those under the age of 21.
I suggest alcohol be classified as a narcotic drug but with an asterisk by the name alcohol. It should indicate that alcohol is the only narcotic that is legal and available to persons 21 years old or older. This would make the FDA require proper labeling, the CDC could better treat it , and the ATF can help keep our children safe from it.
Let's use our resources wisely.
Now can we properly discuss this issue with you?
Can we get past the question and deal with the answer?
Isn't the a better way to address the teen drinking epidemic?
Half of all high school aged teens drink alcohol. The average age of first use of alcohol is now 12 years old. Alcohol is the number one killer of teens. It is estimated that 20% of eighth grade aged children drink at least once a month. It is the number one drug problem in our country.
If a person in their developmental years regularly consumes this narcotic they are two to five times more likely to become addicted to it. No child should be exposed to any substance that could lead them into addictions. It’s only common sense to know that waiting for the body to fully mature mentally and physically greatly reduces the chances of addiction to any drug.
The side effects of alcohol use are amplified in teens and even more so in teen girls. The intoxicating drug alcohol lowers sexual inhibitions and contributes to unwanted pregnancies and the passing on of sexually transmitted diseases. Lowered inhibitions also help explain the carnage in DUI accidents as well.
"Alcohol is the #1 gateway drug to other narcotics". (From John Walters, US Drug Czar) We have now spent 80 billion dollars on the Drug War to no great success and yet we continue to ignore the leading feeder of illegal drug use: Alcohol.
Though other drugs are still a major contributor to teen delinquencies, alcohol is the easiest to obtain and is even provided by the ones that are supposed to protect them: their friends and relatives. 2Mcuh2lose org reports that half the alcohol kid's get comes directly from their own parents. Yes really.
Many teens buy it from stores and restaurants. It is usually only a rarely funded police task force effort to reduce these illegal sales in the communities. Though states are implementing tougher measures, most violations result in civil fines and short suspensions of alcohol sales. In many states it's a year in prison for anyone caught selling or providing a narcotic to a minor.
"We will pay the price, but we will not count the costs......." Neil Peart / Rush
DUI’s not only result in deaths and destruction but the costs of EMT services and the use of police and hospital resources is in the billions of dollars. The National Academy of Sciences reported that "....Drunken behavior and violent crimes that result from adolescent drinking cost the U.S. $53 billion a year. $19 Billion is from traffic accidents alone.."
As many as 7 out of 10 people that are in prison today for an act of violence will tell you they committed their first violent act while under influence of drugs like alcohol and under the legal drinking age of 21.The US imprison 715 people for every 100,000 in the population. Mexico imprisons 175 per 100,000 and Canada 115 per 100,000 people. Perhaps we could stop building new prisons if would stop graduating children as alcoholics/drug addicts.
We allow advertisers to aim their ads at teens. The beer industry have used dozens of pet-like animals, humor, their defining what the "social people" drink, and of course the best selling one of all: sex, to attract the under 21 market. I have heard them use the words "traditional" and "values" in their ads. Is substance use and abuse a traditional value? I once attended an event to raise money to fight birth defects and the sponsor was Miller beer....a leading cause for birth defects? Alcohol, yet they were advertising at the charity event and selling it?
We are also seeing hard liquor ads creeping into to prime time TV and alcohol companies using names like Mikes Hard Lemonade along with their slick line of "Coolers" to appeal to young girls. Beer commercials start at noon on Sunday during the NFL and college football/basketball seasons and these draw a large under age 21 audience.
I was told by Anhauser Busch people that "only an estimated 14% of their annual sales are to minors". Estimates could be closer to 20% but even at 14%, if that number were to pertain to heroin it would be front page news every day and this situation would be deemed an epidemic.
The story has been the same for years and so many have died and the costs have been incredible yet not a concern to most. The problem is that the social acceptance of alcohol is so entrenched into our society that we ignore how much harm it has caused.
Many that drink alcohol as adults don’t want their drug of choice regarded as a narcotic. That simple denial is killing our children, causing unwanted pregnancies, spreading STD’s, filling our jails, contributing to domestic violence, and costing us billions of dollars a year. Feel free to add to this list.
Dear Sir/Madam, your problem is not that you drink responsibly but that you think irrationally. Tell a child that you are the adult. You are NOT being a hypocrite!
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