/In the US, 86% of people aged 18 or older report drinking alcohol at some point in their lifetime, and 55% report they drank in the past month, with more than half of those people reporting binge drinking.
Regular and heavy alcohol use can lead to a variety of detrimental social, psychological, and physical effects, including developing Alcohol Use Disorder (addiction/abuse), risky behavior such as driving while intoxicated, economic burden/stress, and premature death or disability. Alcohol related death is the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
There are many reasons why people drink alcohol regularly. These include social interaction, to escape problems, to become intoxicated or drunk, or for relaxation, In addition, some people drink because they are struggling with mental health concerns (anxiety, depression, trauma history), and haven’t found a satisfactory treatment regimen.
Medical Cannabis, now a legal treatment option in the state of Utah, can be very beneficial for people who are at risk for developing Alcohol Use Disorder, especially for those struggling with mental illness. CBD, a predominant compound in the cannabis plant, has been proven to reduce the intake of alcohol, as well as improve alcohol related liver damage.
Whole cannabis flower is also very beneficial in managing anxiety, depression, PTSD symptoms, and insomnia. Unlike alcohol, cannabis related death is extremely rare and you can bet this is always the safer option.