Is Alcohol Worse Than Ecstasy? is a 2008 BBC Horizon documentary which was the result of extensive academic research into the safety of various legal and illegal substances, with the objective being to determine whether UK drug classification was soundly based on solid scientific evidence. The studies found that legal substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and solvents, should be rated as more harmful than some illegal substances such as ecstasy.
Three ‘Class A’ drugs in particular were deemed to be less harmful than alcohol and tobacco – Ecstasy, LSD, and 4-MTA. The research concluded that it was time for the government to introduce a fairer rating system based upon scientific evidence, with the current rating system based on outdated research. The current British drug classifications are primarily the result of 40 year old research, scholars argue that their is sufficient significant evidence in the decades that have passed to completely overhaul the current legal classifications.