The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) have published
a comprehensive and balanced analysis of the similarities and
differences between the health effects of alcohol and tobacco
use in the US.
The Book, 'A comparison of the Health effects of alcohol consumption
and tobacco use in America was prompted by the tendencies of some
agencies and departments to class tobacco and alcohol together,
"it is time to get the country looking at the alcohol industry
in exactly the same way we're looking at tobacco" say the Campaign
for Alcohol free kids.
Through a careful breakdown (citing many research papers and findings)
of each health benefit and negative health implication of both
substances, the Board of scientists and physicians conclude "Moderate
consumption of alcoholic beverages can provide significant health
benefits to some groups of consumers. Conversely, there are no
net health benefits from the typical use of tobacco products....Also,
scientific data indicates that the vast majority of alcoholic
beverage users are light to moderate drinkers who handle alcohol
in a reasonable manner.. in contrast the regular use of tobacco
products at any dose may harm an individuals health'
The report therefore recommends that the differing effects of
tobacco products and alcoholic beverages on health be considered
when policy makers evaluate regulatory and educational approaches
to the use of these substances.