3 Ways Alcohol and Marijuana Are the Same and 3 Ways They're Vastly Different – Civilized

Marijuana and alcohol are two drugs that have had long histories. Since they are both classified as drugs, they’re often compared to one another although they still have many differences. They’re certainly very similar in terms of prohibition and legalization. For over a decade in the United States alcohol production, importation, distribution, and sale was banned until 1933. Now, only adults who are of age can purchase and consume alcohol. Marijuana is experiencing a similar prohibition now, as only 29 states have legalized medical marijuana and only eight states have legalized marijuana recreationally. Many advocates and lawmakers continue to fight the federal and state laws that prohibit the production and sale of marijuana. Another similarity between the two drugs is the mind-altering effects that occur because both are psychoactive. Although they affect the brain in very different ways, many can argue that both drugs cause the case of the giggles.

When it comes to the differences between marijuana and alcohol, there are many. The major difference between the drugs is the simple fact that excessive alcohol consumption kills. In the thousands of years of marijuana history, there have been zero reports of marijuana-related deaths. Alcohol on the other hand, is one of the leading preventable causes of death in the United States.

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Beer in the Bay: Tour de Fat, PicoBrew, and Mike Hess' plans to hit Walnut Creek – SFGate

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, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling celebration of all things bicycle, returns to Golden Gate Park on Saturday. The daylong celebration includes a costumed bike parade, the car-for-bike swap, live music and more.

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Tour de Fat: San Francisco presented by New Belgium Brewing Company returns for its 13th year.

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Beer in the Bay: Tour de Fat, PicoBrew, and Mike Hess’ plans to hit Walnut Creek

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PicoBrew, a home appliance that brews tiny batches of homebrew with relatively little effort on the user’s part, is gaining some popularity in the market. As part of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Future of Food section, we tried it out. After a little

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Alcohol may impair tired drivers even if they aren't drunk – Reuters

Reuters Health – People with blood alcohol levels below the legal cutoff for being considered drunk may still be unsafe drivers if they’re also sleep deprived, a small experiment suggests.

Researchers tested drowsiness and attention in 16 healthy young men exposed to either sleep deprivation or alcohol consumption, or to both at once.

They found that the combination of moderate alcohol consumption – within legal limits for driving – and restricting sleep to just five hours a night produced greater drowsiness and more deficits in attention than either sleep restriction or alcohol intake alone.

The combined effects of alcohol and sleep deprivation lasted two to three hours, the study found.

“No amount of alcohol intake has been deemed safe when under the influence of sleepiness through either poor or inadequate sleep, or being awake when the body (should be) asleep at night,” said study co-author Clare Anderson of the Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience at Monash University in Australia.

“Our take-home message would therefore be to avoid alcohol when feeling sleepy and to have a short nap before attempting to drive or undertaking any other safety critical task,” Anderson said by email.

Previous research has shown that alcohol can impair motor coordination, critical thinking skills and decision-making and may lead people to take more risks than they might while sober. Sleep deprivation, meanwhile, has been linked to distraction and delayed reaction times.

In the current experiment, men between 18 and 27 years old were assessed four times. Researchers asked the participants to rate their level of drowsiness, tested their focus and attention with eye-movement measurements, and examined their response speed to stimuli by seeing how fast they could push a button when an image flashed on a computer screen.

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Alcohol's CV and Cancer Risk-Balancing Act: More Evidence – Medscape

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The details behind Ric Flair scare: alcohol problems, bowel removal – New York Post

A conversation Ric Flair had a few days before his fiancée rushed him to the hospital offers a clearer picture of the former wrestler’s deteriorating health.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated last Tuesday, three days before he was hospitalized in Atlanta, Flair eerily discussed his alcohol problems that have led to health complications later in life.

“I had one vice. I’m not going to point my finger at anybody else. My vice was drinking,” he told the magazine. “I didn’t have any pain issues, addiction problems, marijuana, cocaine, nothing like that. It’s a fact that I kept myself up all night and always had a good time.”

Flair, 68, reportedly underwent surgery Monday to relieve an intestinal blockage, which required the removal of a portion of his bowel. It was originally thought the WWE legend had suffered a heart attack or received colon surgery after he was placed in a medically induced coma earlier in the week.

Flair’s fiancée, Wendy Barlow, denied those rumors Wednesday when she posted an update on her Facebook page that clarified the source of Flair’s condition and described the emotional toll the incident has taken on his family.

“Just want to give an update to my friends and Family as I have been unable to talk on the phone without crying and just feel shocked over events…,” she wrote. “I took Ric to the Hospital Friday night with Severe Abdominal pain. From that moment on it all seems like a nightmare.”

Flair’s hospital stay may last more than a month, according to Sports Illustrated, after he experienced further complications from Monday’s surgery.

Flair, whose highly successful wrestling career spanned 40 years, has opened up about his alcoholic past before this year. In his 2015 autobiography, “Ric Flair: To Be the Man,” Flair explained how his hard-partying ways

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