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Changing values: Survey says most Americans find it okay to drink, use marijuana

Changing values: Survey says most Americans find it okay to drink, use marijuana

It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.

  • Roy Disney

The words of wisdom from the noted American businessman signify the value for human lives. A set of principles, standards or qualities held in high regard, values guide the way humans live their lives and have a profound influence in the way they formulate their decisions. Formed by a particular set of beliefs that are considered to be worthwhile, values can influence one’s judgment and the support one offers to others. Our values prevent us from doing something wrong, even drinking or doing drugs. So we thought!

According to Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs survey, when it comes to consuming substances like marijuana and alcohol, Americans have more liberal views, with 78 percent considering drinking alcohol and 65 percent considering smoking pot/marijuana to be morally acceptable. One of the most commonly used illicit drug in the U.S. with an estimated 22.2 million user base in the past month, marijuana use is prevalent among men, adolescents and young adults. As a result, long-term effects of weed are causing negative psychological and physical health consequences to many.

As compared to its previous surveys, for the first time Gallup asked about the morality of drinking alcohol and smoking weed. The survey was conducted during May 1-10, 2018, with 1,024 random participants (aged 18 and above) living in all of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. The telephone-based survey asked the participants whether they considered each of the listed behaviors and/or practices as “morally acceptable.” Some of the behaviors and practices listed in the survey included suicide, death penalty, gay or lesbian relations, medical testing on animals and abortion. Among the behaviors and/or activities that scored maximum on moral acceptability included birth control, drinking alcohol, divorce, gambling and smoking marijuana.

While the majority of the survey participants regarded drinking alcohol and smoking pot to be morally acceptable, highly religious Americans were less likely to do so. As per the survey, churchgoers were not okay with drinking alcohol (60 percent) and smoking marijuana (41 percent). However, those who seldom or never attended any kind of religious services found drinking alcohol (88 percent) and smoking marijuana (three quarters) to be morally permissible. Among those who were more likely to have fewer moral issues were men, white population, young people and liberals.

Seeking treatment for marijuana addiction

While marijuana remains one of the most addictive drugs, its exposure during one’s developmental years may cause long-term or possibly permanent damage to the brain. Regular and/or long-term use of the substance is also known to cause functional impairment in a range of brain functions, including learning, memory and executive functions. Similar to other addictive substances, addiction to marijuana is characterized by a constant psychological need for the drug despite knowing its consequences.

However, when the addictive behavior experienced after abusing marijuana starts to affect an individual’s life, it becomes imperative to seek treatment for marijuana addiction. It is possible to recover from marijuana addiction and live a sober life. Basis an individual’s symptoms and medical history, a comprehensive treatment program may involve supervised detox, behavioral counseling and aftercare program.

Sovereign Health is a leading addiction treatment provider that offers personalized marijuana addiction treatment under supervised care. For more information on our evidence-based treatment programs or to locate the nearest rehab centers, call at our 24/7 helpline number (855)-683-9756 or chat live with our representative today.