Is Dr David Nutt... a Nut?

November 2010, Warren Matthews

Summary

In case you haven't heard, Dr Nutt is the man behind the establishment of an organization called 'The Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs'. He rose to fame recently when given air time on BBC.

In case you haven't heard, Dr Nutt is the man behind the establishment of an organization called 'The Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs'. He rose to fame recently when given air time on BBC.

In a 'nutshell' Dr Nutt believes that alcohol is more dangerous than Heroin. He also thinks that alcohol is more dangerous than 'crack' and 'meth'. He has some pretty wacky ideas.

Agreed, alcohol abuse is indeed serious and destroys the lives of many, but the overwhelming majority of people do use it sensibly. Unlike heroin, a person doesn’t become addicted to alcohol the first time they use it…but, Dr Nutt feels that this is primarily because people are forced to buy heroin off the street and as such it may have contaminants. No argument there…but, pure medicinal grade heroin is not going to prevent addiction. That has been proven in some countries where they have programs to supply heroin addicts and help them break the habit…but with limited success.

Although alcohol can do some pretty weird things to many people it does not have the same effect as ‘crack’ or ‘meth’ which can trigger off serious mindless violence in some people.

If you are interested in reading a bit more about Dr Nutt’s views and that of his supporters, click here ("Alcohol 'more harmful than heroin' says Prof David Nutt" by BBC News).

Oh…Dr Nutt and his group are also working on an antidote to alcohol. Apparently the objective is that you can get as drunk as you like, then when you are ready to sober up you can take a pill and ‘poof’ you are fit to drive. No doubt it would be popular…but, who would pay the ultimate price? Would it be the general public or the individual? Probably everyone as the impact on the body and nervous system would I imagine over time be horrendous resulting in a further burden on the worlds ‘healthcare’systems.

3 Comments

  • “Love the article (specially the title) Ditto Karla, integrity is everything in this world for me and it seems they have it in spades. Love the volume and content of the articles lately, it’s absolutely fantastic to see, thank you again.”

    mystic - December 23 2010

  • “There was talk of such a product over 35 years ago, but it never happened. I, personally would be prepared to pay a lot of money for such an invaluable product. I’m not sure what is meant by ‘who would pay the ultimate price’ the general public or the individual. I’d suspect that in order for the product to work it must be de-activating the alcohol in some way, so it may well have liver protectors. I would pay good money for such a product and believe most the people who would use it would be, per se, sensible. It would be great when going out involved driving home. It’s pretty dreary if you can’t drink at all on social occasions and it’d prevent road accidents and deaths. Likewise, as regards youth and clubbing. A certain type wouldn’t bother to take it only the more sensible would, but it could save money in costs to hospital casualty departments, not to mention lives again being saved. Also court costs which the taxpayer has to fund. I much prefer Xtend-life to Life Extension Corporation in the US, but I do buy a product called Anti-Alcohol and use it to reduce the negative effects of imbibing. Perhaps Xtend-life could improve on it. I’d certainly buy it if you decide to make such a product. Perhaps you could ask how many of us would buy it and how often to see if it’s feasible. Maybe the product Dr Nutt is trying to come up with would include similar alcohol de-toxing ingredients, as chlorophyllin, silymarin, barleygrasss, glutathione various vitamins, as part of the way it would work. The idea that this, currently fantasy product would lead to an large increase in drinking is debatable and in any case is secondary to the massive reduction in people murdered or disabled for life and the pain caused to their loved ones. Together with the Court and hospital costs saved treating those left alive but in need of long term inpatient treatment for injury.”

    Cherry Gurney - December 03 2010

  • “Hi Warren-  Thank you for your exceptional skin care products. A comment on alcoholism prevention.  Having been abused in many ways during childhood I have been on anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds for over 20 years.   About 10 years ago I was put on Topamax. This was originally prescribed to prevent seizures.  Then it was discovered that people with PTSD also benefited from this drug.  When I started on it I happened to be drinking beer – more than I liked … not able to stop.  After a few days on Topamax  I realized that I no longer wanted to drink  beer!  This continued as long as I used Topamax. My Dr. told me that it was now being used to help alcoholics stop drinking. One comment about pot – (I know it is not in the same class as heroin).  However pot is much safer than alcohol for the smokers and people around them.  As one of my friends says : "Pot smokers don’t go home and beat their wives !".  Which says a lot! Carl Sagan was a regular user of pot.  He said it helped him think more creatively.  Both he and his wife were very active in the pro-pot movement … his wife is still very active.  He was a genius-plus and extremely prolific in his work.  I think what this extraordinary man did and said about pot should wipe out all the ignorant remarks spewing out of the mouths of people who know nothing about it. Thank you for your commitment to excellence over profits.  When I can financially add your supplements to my life I intend to do so.  Please stay honest in your formulas.  There are so few sites I trust. Karla ”

    Karla - December 03 2010

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