American_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7599 times:
IMO, that's blatantly false.
Tobacco is very addicting. Namely, if you smoke one cigarette, it's likely you can get addicted for a looong time. If you get addicted, you're likely to die earlier. Plus, it totally screws up your lungs, your breathing gets heavier, you teeth get yellow. Needless to say, chewing tobacco is a totally different story and can get you other various disgusting diseases.
Alcohol is no winner, either. It causes many accidents due to drunk driving. However, unlike tobacco, the chances aren't as high that you'll get addicted the first time. Also, as long as you drink in moderation and have a designated driver, you won't get into an accident on the road. I've drank a couple times before and I did like it. However, there was no time when I was absolutely NEEDING a drink.
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 7591 times:
I'd say that while tobacco is worse for your own health, alcohol is worse for those around you, as well as bad for your health if abused.
Smoking a few cigarettes won't make you kill a family (yours or someone else's) in your car, won't make you look like an idiot at parties, or cause you to leer stupidly at the tits on your boss' wife (or nowadays, the boss herself )
Tbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7011 posts, RR: 27 Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7576 times:
True, but don't forget how damaging alcohol can be for your body. Once you become addicted to alcohom (i.e. alcoholism) its almost impossible to turn back. Your liver can get ravaged and many kinds of cancers can grow in your body. Also, the behaviour of alcoholics can be very violent and thus damaging to family and relationships, as well as to oneself.
Also, you can die from alcohol poisoning, while I've never heard anybody dying because they smoked too many ciggarettes in one day. How often do we hear about some college kid who died from alcohol poisoning, not pleasant.
Yes though, it is true that alcohol in moderation might even be good for your health, while I seriously doubt that about tobacco.
JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 12 Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7564 times:
Cigarettes specifically seems more dangerous to leisure users compared to leisure drinkers, where as when both are abused (excessive), I would guess it would be a tie. My dad did both excessively and he was affected by both. He got cirrhosis of the liver, which was stabilized after he quit drinking forever and went through treatment. Then 10 years later, he got throat cancer, which killed him.
As for pipe-smoking, cigar, chewing tobacco and snuff, I would say they are the least dangerous (in that order) of them all the tobacco vises.
SophieMaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3 Reply 10, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7510 times:
Well, I can't think of anything good to say about smoking. Guess that's why I never started. I do drink though, but not very much. I think if you have a problem with it it can be much worse than smoking. However, for the average person it's not.
Mls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3071 posts, RR: 9 Reply 11, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7509 times:
Show me a smoker who smokes just as sporadically as I drink and then I'll tell you alcohol is worse.
I drink alcohol, but there's really no pattern to it. I'll have a beer at dinner one night, I'll get really drunk at a party another night, and sometimes I'll choose not to have one drop for weeks at a time.
EmiratesLover From Malta, joined Dec 2000, 341 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (11 years 11 months 21 hours ago) and read 7491 times:
Alcohol can be good for health when consumed in small to moderate quantities.Tobacco, by contrast has virtually no health benefits whatsoever.
Having said that, I would like to say that taking both in large quantities of both can be extremely damaging to health.Best to keep off both if you ask me.