By / March 15, 2022

Poll: More Americans Think It’s Better to Use Cannabis than Alcohol

According to a new YouGov poll, 27% of Americans surveyed said it would be ideal if people consumed more cannabis rather than alcohol, while 20% said it would be a bad idea. However, most respondents (38%) said it would be neither good nor bad, with a further 15% saying they were not sure.

Although not entirely favorable for cannabis, the results do highlight the shifting attitudes amongst Americans towards cannabis. Follow the evolution of these attitudes over time easily with our free cannabis news app.

American Democrats More Favorable Towards Cannabis

The demographic breakdown of the survey, which was conducted among 10,412 Americans on 28 February, found that Democrats were more likely to say switching from alcohol to cannabis would be a good thing (34%), compared to Republicans (18%) and independents (27%).

Those Americans aged 30-44 were also the most likely to say that switching from cannabis would be a good thing (34%), while only 17% of those aged 65 and over felt the same.

Americans Still Debate Advantages of Cannabis

Although the advantages and disadvantages of alcohol over cannabis have been widely discussed by Americans, alcohol use is strongly associated with long-term health problems even though alcohol can cause overdoses.

According to a 2018 World Health Organisation (WHO) report, alcohol causes 3,000,000 premature deaths per year, with the poorest and most disadvantaged communities bearing the brunt of the burden.

In contrast, no cannabis overdose has ever been recorded amongst either Americans or the global population, and the plant’s compounds are used medicinally for a number of health problems.

Legalization is Key

Regardless of the public opinion of Americans, it appears that states where cannabis is legalized for adult use are seeing a stronger trend towards cannabis sales over time.

For example, Massachusetts officially collects more tax revenue from cannabis than alcohol, according to state data released last month.

Illinois also saw cannabis taxes beat alcohol for the first time last year, with the state collecting about $100 million more from recreational cannabis than alcohol in 2021.

A 2019 report separately found that the number of drunk-driving accidents in Idaho declined after cannabis was legalised in neighbouring Washington state.


(Photo by Yash Lucid on Pexels)

DISCLAIMER: This article was written by a third-party contributor and does not reflect the opinion of, its management, staff, or its associates. Please review our disclaimer for more information.

This article may include forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words “believe,” “project,” “estimate,” “become,” “plan,” “will,” and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks as well as uncertainties, including those discussed in the following cautionary statements and elsewhere in this article and on this site. Although the Company may believe that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, the actual results that the Company may achieve may differ materially from any forward-looking statements, which reflect the opinions of the management of the Company only as of the date hereof. Additionally, please make sure to read these important disclosures.

First published in newsweed, a third-party contributor translated and adapted the article from the original. In case of discrepancy, the original will prevail.

Although we made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translations, some parts may be incorrect. assumes no responsibility for errors, omissions, or ambiguities in the translations provided on this website. Any person or entity relying on translated content does so at their own risk. is not responsible for losses caused by such reliance on the accuracy or reliability of translated information. If you wish to report an error or inaccuracy in the translation, we encourage you to contact us.

Comments are closed for this post.