Cocaine the True Cause of Financial Crisis: Claim
Ex-UK drugs adviser David Nutt claims it made bankers 'overconfident'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 15, 2013 9:48 AM CDT
Bankers doing cocaine was a factor in the financial crisis, says a former official.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Forget all those complicated economic explanations. The real reason for the financial crisis was simple: Bankers were doing too much coke, says a professor and former UK government drugs adviser. The drug made bankers "overconfident," prompting them to take "more risks," says David Nutt. Cocaine fueled their "culture of excitement and drive and more and more and more," he says. It's not Nutt's first controversial statement, the Telegraph notes: He was fired from the government after saying ecstasy and horseback riding were about even, safety-wise; he's also claimed that alcohol is more dangerous than heroin.

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Jun 13, 2013 11:01 AM CDT
How does he know how much coke the financial sector is ingesting? But there's some pre-established relevance in his theory. We know what rock stars (with tons of money and the capacity to obtain large quantities of coke) have done under the drugs influence. I could only imagine the havoc a Wall-Street guy could cause in the same situation.
Apr 15, 2013 4:54 PM CDT
David Nutt? For sure.
Apr 15, 2013 4:02 PM CDT
too bad bankers werent pot heads. or they'd entirely quit the war on weed.