This is a new phenomenon. In order to increase the effects of drugs, youth consume more and more alcohol. Hence one could say that alcohol is a potentializer.

Alcohol is legal and accepted by parents. Young people are easily able to display bottles of alcohol while simultaneously hiding their consumption of drugs. Then the majority of parents think that youth consume a lot of alcohol. This is true but they do not know that most of the time, youth consume both alcohol and cannabis or alcohol and other drugs.

Dr Chamayou, an author of a PhD thesis called "The Dangers of Hashish: the last discoveries in science" quotes: "If a rat is given cannabis, he starts drinking alcohol, whereas without cannabis, he will not drink any."

Cannabis is a gateway to a high consumption of alcohol.