The 3 Most Addictive Drugs, According To Addiction Experts

The manner in which we classify a drug as dangerous, addictive, or relatively benign is based on an intricate intersection of chemistry and social norms. For example, LSD (commonly known as acid) is often seen as a drug only for the most committed of counterculture participants, while alcohol is part of many adult social interactions. However, alcohol is directly responsible for more than 2,200 deaths every year in the United States, and LSD has never been named an outright cause of death. So why aren’t our drinking habits referred to as an “alcohol epidemic?”

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Something to think about: “Predicting how a drug will affect people’s addiction risk is based on a similarly varied assessment of factors: How much the drug affects their brain’s pleasure centers; the severity of withdrawal symptoms; and the drug’s accessibility and cost.”


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