Alcohol Vs Marijuana

Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on July 9, 2019 and last updated on February 4, 2023

The majority of adults in many countries drink alcohol, and those that drink it will often do so for many different reasons from socialising with friends, relaxing on the sofa or de-stressing after work. It seems to be an accepted way to unwind and enjoy ourselves. Apart from the obvious dangers of drinking and driving after consuming alcohol most people consider it to be a fairly harmless part to their lives.

Marijuana on the other hand has a much more negative reputation attached to it, where many people associate it with drug addicts and generally having a very negative effect on peoples’ lives. However, with more and more research going into the benefits of marijuana it is now more debatable whether it is actually worse than alcohol at all.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • health (noun)
  • smoke (verb)
  • addictive (adjective)
  • give up (phrasal verb)
  • quit (noun)
  • reputation (verb)
  • drunk (adjective)
  • high (adjective)

Conversation Questions

  • Is alcohol more harmful than marijuana?
  • Do you drink alcohol?
  • Do you smoke marijuana?
  • Why do you think some people smoke marijuana and some drink alcohol?
  • Do you think the negative reputation marijuana has is justified?
  • Which one do you think is worse for our general health?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.