Facts About Alcohol and Marijuana

Alcohol Facts

Number of drinks per hour Blood Alcohol Concentration* Psychological/Physical
1 .02% - .04% No overt effect, slight mood elevation.
2 .05% - .07% Warm relaxed feelings, slight decrease in reaction time and muscle coordination.
3 .08% - .11% Euphoria, balance, speech, & hearing slightly impaired. Increased confidence; decreased coordination.
4 .11% - .15% Loss of motor coordination and balance, mental faculties & judgement impaired.
5-6 .14% - .18% Major impairment of mental & physical control, slurred speech, blurred vision and lack of motor skills.
7-9 .20% - .29% Needs assistance with movement, mental confusion.
10-13 .30% - .39% Severe intoxication, minimal control of mind & body.
14-17 .40% - .59% Unconsciousness; comatose.
18+ .60%+ Death from respiratory failure.

ONE DRINK = 12oz beer = 4oz wine = 1oz hard alcohol

NOTE: The above chart should not be considered as a legal reference. Several factors should be considered when computing Blood Alcohol Content and its effects. These include drinking experience, gender, metabolism rates, health issues, when and what has been eaten, and attitude. The safest decision is: if you have been drinking, don't drive!

Marijuana Facts

Depending on which side of the fence you stand on, marijuana is either safer than alcohol or it is the devil weed destroying the minds of today's youth. When making decisions on what we put in our bodies, it is important to know the facts. All of the statements and facts presented below are research based. ..

"My parents smoked pot and nothing happened to them."
This may be true, but the drug used in the 60s is much different that the drug used on the street today. In the 60s, marijuana had a THC (the active ingredient that gets people high) level of 7 percent to 14 percent. The pot on the streets today has a THC level of 14 percent to 27 percent. That's the difference between drinking a six pack of beer and a six pack of whiskey. It is not the same thing.

"Pot is organic. It can't hurt you."
Wrong. Poison ivy is organic too, but not many people are sticking it in a pipe and smoking it. With each hit off a bong or pipe, marijuana smokers inhale more than 150 cancer-causing substances and almost twice as much tar as they would from a tobacco cigarette. Other short term side effects include short term memory loss, impaired abstract thinking (what you use when you study), and slower reaction time.

"You can't become addicted to it."
More and more studies are showing that marijuana can be addictive. Again, the pot smoked today is much different from the pot that was studied 20 years ago. New data shows that babies born to mothers who are chronic marijuana smokers go through withdrawal after birth. Many treatment centers around the country are treating patients who have a primary addiction to marijuana. Withdrawal signs show up between 10-15 days after the last use and can include any of the following: sleeplessness, anxiety, nervousness, restlessness, loss of appetite, and cravings to use the drug or other drugs.

"Everybody's doing it."
Not true. Current studies show that 17 percent of VSU students have used pot in the past year. If all of your friends are smoking, that might indicate a potential problem with your choice of friends.

"Pot is safer than alcohol."
Wrong again. For most people, low risk alcohol use will not cause a person to become impaired. There is no way a person can use marijuana and not become impaired.

"Pot has medical uses."
True, but is marijuana the safest drug for cancer patients and people with AIDS? Think about it. Here's a person diagnosed with cancer, and you want to give this person a drug that contains over 100 carcinogenic compounds? And why give someone with no immune system a drug that kills all the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in the body? Modern science now has a drug called Marinol which mimics marijuana in the system without the side effects of street pot.