This is a follow-up to my previous blog post on the decision by the DEA not to reclassify medical marijuana. I came upon this piece in the Scientific American Blog by “a resident physician specializing in mental health.” He writes that every day he “screens patients for substance use. . . . During my medical training, I’ve learned which substances to worry about, and which ones matter less.”
Alcohol “is usually the first substance” he asks about. Whether it is the “roughly 88,000 deaths in the US each year” from excess alcohol consumption or the effects when heavy drinkers attempt to cut back and go into alcohol withdrawal, alcohol is a very serious problem.