Study: Smoking Marijuana Increases Alcoholism Risk By 5 Times

A recent report out of the Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health sheds a concerning light on the relationship between cannabis consumption and alcoholism.

Analyzing results from 27,461 adult test subjects, the study claims that is saw a sharp difference in alcohol abuse among those studied who did consume cannabis and those who did not. 25% of the individuals who first used marijuana at the beginning of the study started abusing alcohol, while only 5% of those who never smoked cannabis developed alcohol abuse.

“Our results suggest that cannabis use appears to be associated with an increased vulnerability to developing an alcohol use disorder, even among those without any history of this,” said Renee Goodwin, PhD, associate professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health. “Marijuana use also appears to increase the likelihood that an existing alcohol use disorder will continue over time.” [Eureka Alert]

While the sample size is clearly a large one, there doesn’t appear to be too much clearcut correlation on display here. As the doctors even say, more studies like this one are needed to show an actual, firm relationship.

Could smoking weed trigger some kind of psycho-activity in one’s brain that may lead them to the bottle? Definitely, since alcohol is a depressant and could help water down the weed.

But trying to claim smoking weed leads to alcoholism is simply far-fetched. Alcoholism is hereditary, and a lot of frequent cannabis users choose pot over liquor.

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