Afghanistan's Drug and Alcohol Addiction


Drinking alcohol and taking drugs are forbidden by the Islam religion. Roughly 99% of the people in Afghanistan are Muslims. (1)

In spite of this, however, it is estimated that as many as 1.6 million Afghans, or approximately 5.3% of the population, are drug users.

By the way, in case you are wondering, this is among the highest rates of drug abuse and/or drug addiction in the world.

Drug Abuse and Addiction in Afghan Villages

What is more, according to the saliva, urine, and hair drug tests that have been administered by various researchers, the rate of drug abuse in some Afghan villages is as high as 30% of the population.

Government Resources to Fight Drug Abuse and Addiction

What is perhaps even worse, however, is the fact that the Afghan government provides less than $4 million per year for drug treatment, education, and prevention.

Moreover, the Afghan drug rehab and treatment facilities can only treat approximately 28,000 drug abuse and addiction patients per year.

Rotting From Within

In a very realistic sense, due to increasingly more Afghan people engaging in drug abuse and drug addiction, compounded by the limited funds that are provided by the Afghan government for its drug-related problems, Afghanistan is rotting from within.

Looking Into a Crystal Ball

Increasing drug abuse and addiction breeds more crime and disenchantment and fewer opportunities to escape from one's misery.

As increasingly more Afghan youth become disenchanted with their condition in life, however, they will probably turn to radical Islam as a way out of their miserable lives.

In short, it is likely that more and more young Afghan youth will become part of the next generation of Muslim "freedom fighters" and terrorists.

As such, they will also become the next generation of radical Afghan Muslims who project their anger, resentment, and self-hatred onto other Muslims and at nations such as Israel and the United States rather than looking inward at their own weaknesses and failures, at the warped ideology of their "spiritual leaders," and at the corruption, incompetence, and greed of their political leaders.

In a word, once they become radical fundamentalist militants, Afghan youth will fail to see that they are pawns in the destructive, pathological, and fanatical games their spiritual and political leaders play on a world stage.

This is Not "The Answer"

Converting more Muslim youth to a more radical, fundamentalist belief system does NOT appear to be "the answer."

In a similar manner, teaching young Muslims how to hate others, project their failures, insecurities, and lack of self respect onto others, and involve themselves in a political "blame game" is not "the answer."

Indeed, if fundamentalist Islam were "the answer," why have so many Muslims been losing their lives at the hands of other Muslims via car bombings in Iraq and Lebanon and via the civil wars in Egypt and in Syria?

Similarity, if radical Islam were "the answer," why are there so many Muslim drug and alcohol abusers and addicts, especially when drinking alcohol and taking drugs are forbidden by Islam?

And finally, if fundamentalist Islam were "the answer," why are more and more people throughout the civilized world viewing radical Muslims as the scourge of the earth?

Some Possible Solutions

Rather than pursuing the destructive and deadly path of radical Islam fundamentalism, it would appear that Muslim youth need to focus more on legitimate educational and career pursuits and on developing solid coping skills so they don't have to resort to drug and alcohol abuse and addiction and/or spiritual fanaticism as coping mechanisms.

Muslim youth also need to realize that true self respect comes from being a constructive member of the community rather than learning how to become a destructive force.

What is more, Muslim teenagers and young adults need to learn how to get along with other Muslims and non-Muslims without trying to convert, enslave, or kill those who have different beliefs.

In a related manner, the leaders of Muslim nations need to learn how to stop the growth of terrorists and freedom fighters in their own backyards and, like the other nations of the world, need to focus on legitimate ways to radically bolster their economy, create fulfilling, good paying jobs for their inhabitants, and get their fiscal house in order.

And finally, the leaders of the Muslim countries, such as those in Afghanistan, need to stop focusing on other people and on other nations as the root of their problems.

Why? So they can instead look at themselves and discover creative, novel, and legitimate ways to stop their nation from rotting from within due to drug and alcohol abuse and addiction, a defective economy, an arrogant and a dysfunctional world view, political corruption, and incompetence.


1. The Religion of Afghans

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