This video was posted on Vox last week as an accompaniment to this satirical post:
Imagine if the media covered alcohol like other drugs.
Forget about the decriminalization of marijuana for a moment and think about this; according to the D.E.A website. the criteria for a Schedule 1 drug are as follows.
(A) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
(B) The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
(C) There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.
So where are the studies that show that alcohol does not have a “high potential for abuse?” What “currently accepted medical use” does it have? I have never been offered alcohol while in the hospital, nor have I ever been prescribed it.
Why isn’t alcohol a Schedule 1 drug and perhaps more importantly why is it not scheduled at all? It’s not even a Schedule V drug – their lowest level. Not on it at all.
Is it just about the money it generates; or is it that we as a society are willing to accept a pretty high level of pain in our pursuit of intoxication? Did I mention the most deadly substance abused is not on the list either – tobacco.
Like many things human, there seems to be no logical answer.