Why is alcohol not considered a drug like coke?

Different reasons. First, alcohol, as you know is legal for folks 21 years old and up. Cocaine is only legal for certain special medical uses. Used "recreationally, " Cocaine is associated with all sorts of emotional, behavioral and physical problems. Cocaine abuse and dependency is a major problem. The use and abuse of Cocaine can be deadly. There are cases whereby, a person died after using Cocaine just once.