Alcoholism is a complex condition primarily characterized by a severe dependency on alcohol. Now considered a disease, alcoholism causes millions of dollars worth of damage to person and property every year. Many casualties of alcoholism become injured or even die through automobile or heavy machinery related accidents. Other causes of death and injury from alcoholism include cirrhosis, certain types of cancer, stroke, and heart attack. Severe alcoholism can also cause brain damage, and a variety of personal and emotional issues.
Many proponents of medical marijuana feel that it is a much safer alternative to alcohol use. Marijuana can ease anxiety that is often at the root of alcoholism, and it doesn’t cause nearly as many harmful effects, physical or otherwise. Proponents of medical marijuana also claim that it won’t impair the person’s day-to-day activities as severely as alcoholism does.