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You might add that the estimated social cost of alcohol in France is 1.2% - 1,4% of GDP.

Source: WHO Europe, Eurocare (European Alcohol Policy Alliance) and the Institute of Alcohol Studies.

....Something to think about in terms of priorities.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Jan 4th, 2008 at 04:06:09 PM EST
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Interesting stat - but how does it help make the argument for legalisation of hard drugs - - does it not say the reverse - even legal drugs cost a fortune in social costs, and so decriminalising hard drugs may not reduce social costs?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jan 4th, 2008 at 04:31:57 PM EST
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Social costs include police enforcement, hospitalization, emergency services, and days off work. Legalization would remove the first cost, reduce the second and third(quality control of product), but probably not affect the fourth.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Jan 4th, 2008 at 04:48:58 PM EST
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If drug use becomes a lot more widespread as a result of decriminalisation, would that not offset some of the benefits?  We give out clean needles now anyway.  It doesn't require decriminalisation to mitigate some of the harmful effects of criminalization.  How can we model the effect of decriminalisation on usage volumes?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jan 4th, 2008 at 04:59:21 PM EST
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