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When thinking of legalization, many people compare marijuana use to alcohol use, to deem whether the status of marijuana is fair. Here are some of the numbers, side by side, so you can make that decision for yourself.

 Alcohol vs. Marijuana: By the Numbers

Alcohol VS Marijuana: By the Numbers

By The Stoner's Cookbook

Many have compared marijuana to alcohol, especially when advocating for legalization; but just how do they match up? Here's a side-by-side comparison of the two substances on some key facts.

  • Public opinion

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Alochol is widely accepted across the country. 83% of Americans favor medical marijuana, and 47% support full legalization.

  • Medical Uses

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Alcohol is mostly used for disinfectant purposes, but is also found in many chemicals and drugs. Marijuana can have a direct positive impact on terminal illnesses like AIDS and cancer.

  • Addiction

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    9% of marijuana users will become dependent on the substance. On the other hand, 30% of American adults will become dependent on alcohol.

  • Illness and death

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    80,000 people die from alcohol-related diseases annually; there are no recorded deaths related to marijuana use.

  • Auto accidents

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    300,000 accidents are caused by drunk driving every day, whereas there has been no correlation found between auto accidents and marijuana use.

  • Related Violence

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Alcohol is deemed to be responsible for approximately 37% of violent crimes between 1997-2008, whereas there have been no violent crimes related to marijuana use.

  • Cost to Buy

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    A beer will cost around $2-$3, whereas a joint will cost around $4-$5. These costs vary depending on location and other factors.

  • History

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Marijuana has been used since at least 5,000 BC, whereas alcohol has been traced as far back as 10,000 BC.

  • Who uses it?

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Approximately 67% of American adults (and an undefined number of underage users) drink alcohol; an estimated 30% of American adults use marijuana.

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