True OR False, Alcohol is considered a drug?
I don't think it is. First of all, its legal and most drugs are illegal.
Coffee itself isn't a drug. Its the caffeine but its not a drug that really screws with your body.
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
alcohol is considered a drug due to a number of reasons.
firstly, alcohol is considered a "depressant drug." many people consider it a stimulant but that is false. alcohol slows down the activity in your nervous system which slows down the messages sent to the brain. like other depressant drugs, like sedatives that are used when doing surgery, alcohol affects concentration and coordination, as well as reaction speeds.
Alcohol is addictive. just like drugs such as marijuana, tobacco, and cocaine, people can become addicted to alcohol and thus will not be able to continue in their daily routine unless they consume it. just like any other drug, a heavy drinker who suddenly stops drinking will have withdrawal symptoms, where the body is struggling to function without the substance.
in relation to what you are saying, in "its legal and most drugs are illegal", no alcohol is not considered an illegal drug such as heroine. alcohol is considered to be safer than illegal drugs and therefore isn't classified as one. but that doesn't mean it is not a drug. the panadol you take when you have a headache after drinking too much alcohol is a drug, as well as the fever tablets you take in spring, the tobacco you smoke when you're stressed and every other medication you will find when you walk into a pharmacy. because it is legal doesn't make it less of a drug. people can die from an overdose of alcohol just like they can die of a drug overdose when they take too many pain killers like panadol.
these are the facts. alcohol is in fact a drug.
- Uchi Mata!Lv 61 decade ago
Alcohol is mind altering, therefor it is considered a drug...how can you not see it as a drug when you see how hard it is for alcoholics to quit?
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
True but a legal drug
- Anonymous1 decade ago
yes, it is legal but it can be very addictive, maybe as addictive as a drug . this is why it is consider to be a drug. there are rehubs for drugs as well as for alcohol :D
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- JessLv 71 decade ago
False, Alcohol is a depressant.
- 1 decade ago
Your premise that "its legal and most drugs are illegal" falls, there are legal drugs, legislatures have various considerations when deciding whether to outlaw something.
It is a drug, it is strongly addictive to some people, and it is one of the very few drugs where withdrawal from the drug itself is known to be lethal.
- 1 decade ago
YES, the dictionary says "any article intended to affect the structure or any function of the body of humans or other animal", so basically anything is a drug. even caffeine and sugar are drugs.Source(s): dictionary.com