Alcohol is one of the world’s most widely-used drugs, and is a part of life in many nations. Unfortunately, even though many manage to use it relatively safely, alcoholism affects many, and binge drinking is still a huge problem even for non-addicts. Alcohol abuse is one of the lead causes of liver problems in the US.
Alcohol use disorder (AUD) affects approximately 14.5 million people aged 12 and up in the US, and costs the US almost up to $250 billion annually in productivity, medical, criminal and motor vehicle costs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 95,000 people die every year due to alcohol-related causes. In 2019, of the 85,688 liver disease deaths among individuals ages 12 and older, 43.1 percent involved alcohol.
Cannabis has long been touted as an alternative to alcohol, as it is far safer, less addictive, and can be used in a similar manner in social situations. Cannabis also contains many compounds that can help reduce or replace alcohol intake, such as THC, CBD, beta-caryophyllene, humulene and myrcene. Cannabis is also related to hops, which is regularly used in beer-making.
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