Season 44 Episode 6

Is Alcohol Worse than Ecstasy?

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Feb 05, 2008 on BBC Two
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Is Alcohol Worse than Ecstasy?
If alcohol was classified under the ABC drug system, it would be class A and illegal. Tobacco would be rated class B. In this episode, Horizon looks at some recent research on drug classification - a controversal new list which rates alcohol, solvents and tobacco (all unclassified drugs) as more dangerous than ecstasy, 4-MTA and LSD (all class A drugs).

The scientists involved, including members of the government's top advisory committee on drug fication, think the current ABC system is arbitrary and not based on any scientific evidence.

Drug policies are the same as 40 years ago, so should they be reformed in the light of new research?moreless

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