I’d like to chime in here.
This is debatable, while I’m fairly sure you’re talking about consuming alcohol to the point of intoxication, someone who consumes a pint or two on the weekend but lives an otherwise healthy lifestyle is very likely less detrimental to overall health status then using supra physiologic doses of AAS. However there are important factors to consider
What is deemed a “cycle”?
Are we talking about traditional “bodybuilding” cycles (eg 250mg test, 400mg mast 50mg anavar/ 300mg test 200mg deca 20mg dbol) or “unreal24278” cycles like 250mg test/ under 300mg cumulative total hormones per wk (in esterified nature, every 10mg/day of oral is 100mg equiv esterified hormone)
In the first instance I’d argue getting drunk every week is slightly worse (presuming the individual lives an otherwise healthy lifestyle besides excess drinking on the weekends), however when comparing having a drink or two over the weekend to bodybuilding style cycles, one cannot compare, the potential long term deleterious effects of anabolic steroid use is worse, hands down.
Secondly the duration of the cycles matter
Some people stay on for 30 weeks at a time, take a short break then go right back on, others just do 1-2 cycles/yr. I use very low doses, the difference between my “on” and “off” dose is less than 100mg, therefore in my case the amount of time (besides diminishing returns) I stay on isn’t particularly important.
I personally don’t drink, used to drink when going out infrequently (even though I knew of the myriad of deleterious effects drinking would cause in the long run) as binge drinking is an EXTREMELY common and accepted practice here in Aus, however after reconsideration about two months ago I’ve cut alcohol out entirely as there I see no benefit to drinking. Not relevant but If I’m going to use an intoxicant on the pretences of livening up a night, bonding with peers or lowering inhibition I’d much rather prefer to use marijuana. While lettuce isn’t good for you either, the effects (acute) are somewhat milder than that of alcohol, and long term (generally) aren’t as severe as that of alcohol. The older generation appears to have a strained and/or inaccurate representation of the substance due to decades of prohibition and nonsense propaganda drilled in. The same can be said about the general publics current stance/opinion on anabolic steroids. Decades of prohibition, propaganda and lack of education has created a belief that anabolic steroids are among some of the most dangerous, addictive and hardcore drugs one can use (doesn’t help that needles are involved, which to the public eye would create the image of people shooting up).
Debatable, while I too don’t agree with this ideology as the sole purpose to use anabolic steroids, many will start cycling to improve sex appeal, look good at the beach/ at events etc (all relating to the increased chance of acquiring a sexual partner). I’d be lying if I said the idea of me being insanely muscular didn’t tempt me to try higher doses, looking good increases confidence, increased confidence leads to increased social interaction, potentially job opportunities, sexual partners etc, it just improves ones life as a whole.
The realistic ideology would be to say “hey, you don’t need steroids or extreme strength and muscularity to be confident, work on the root cause of what’s causing you’re insecurity and fix that without long term detriment to you’re health”. But then again you think (and this is totally you not me) “I’m 5’4, people give me a ton of shit for my height, if I can’t be normal or tall and I’m always in pain I might as well be hyooooge because I simply like the look”. #healthymentalstaterighthere.
Lets not kid ourselves, a lot of recreationally using AAS is vanity driven, if not for sexual partners (as the end goal), it’s for increased confidence or (like me) because you want to compete (but know you can’t due to chronic pain) and because you simply like the look of being very muscular (once again like me)