The director of the Lighthouse Network is not surprised by the findings that alcohol is the most harmful abused substance.
“There are twice as many people addicted to alcohol as there are to all the other illegal drugs,” said Dr. Karl Benzio, a psychiatrist.
The study was published in The Lancet, the journal of the American Medical Association, and ranked alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and marijuana.
“They’re all very harmful, so I don’t want anybody to take from this that some drugs are harmful and other drugs are relatively safe,” Benzio said. “God gave us an incredible gift – our brain and free will – but these drugs are incredibly harmful, and they’re harmful to us spiritually, psychologically and socially.”